The Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is the key United Nations entity with the mandate and expertise to deliver counter-terrorism legal technical assistance to Member States for the ratification, legislative incorporation and implementation of the international legal instruments against terrorism. Specifically the Branch works to:
- promote the ratification of the 18 universal legal instruments against terrorism;
- support the drafting and review of national legislation in order to incorporate the legal standards of these international legal instruments;
- build the capacity of national criminal justice officials to implement these standards; and
- support regional and international cooperation in criminal matters in particular in relation to requests for mutual legal assistance and extradition.
Since 2003, the Branch administers the Global Project on Strengthening the Legal Regime against Terrorism which provides the operational framework for UNODC's specialized legal and capacity building assistance related to terrorism. The Global Project is implemented by the Terrorism Prevention Branch staff at headquarters and in the country and regional offices, in close coordination with UNODC's other thematic branches and with other international and regional organizations.
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