Every nation is affected by the problems of serious and organized crime. Its destructive effects can detrimentally impact on the daily lives of citizens, hamper economic growth, and hamper efforts made by governments to contain the consequences of crime. UNODC works with States parties to the Organized Crime Convention to strengthen their responses to preventing and combating organized crime, both within their own domestic borders and within and between regions.
Technical assistance projects are tailored to individual needs of beneficiary countries. The process begins by conducting technical needs assessments on which to design intervention strategies, taking into account considerations such as existing strategies of national authorities, operational procedures, legal system, human and technical resources, existing approaches to interagency and regional cooperation as well as cultural and political contexts. Based on its findings, UNODC works in partnership with the beneficiary government to design and implement projects to strengthen capacity.
On the basis of ad hoc requests, UNODC also assist States to take effective, practical steps in line with the UNTOC. In this respect it has undertaken activities in supporting implementation of the UNTOC in Africa, Europe, Latin America, Central America and Asia.
A key part of UNODC's work to assist States in fighting organized crime, is the development of technical assistance tools. To ensure that its tools reflect diverse perspectives from common and civil law and from high and low resource countries, UNODC brings together experts with a wide range of experiences to contribute to the elaboration of UNODC technical assistance tools. In the fulfillment of mandate given to UNODC by the Conference of Parties to the Organized Crime Convention, UNODC has developed several practical assistance tools including handbooks, training manuals, model laws, digests of relevant case law and legal commentaries, international cooperation tools, issue papers and other materials aimed at improving the capacity of States to implement and use the Convention and its Protocols