The Role of UNODC in Terrorism Prevention
Within the UN system, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) possesses significant comparative advantages for offering a comprehensive response to international terrorism. In particular, it combines a range of expertise in the related areas of crime prevention and criminal justice, rule of law, drug control, transnational organized crime, money-laundering, corruption and related international cooperation in criminal matters with operational field-level capacity.
Since 2003, the UNODC, through its Terrorism Prevention Branch, has been making a critical contribution to the fight against international terrorism and enhancing Member States' capacity for international cooperation in this field. As the largest UN programme with the mandate and expertise to deliver counterterrorism related technical assistance on the ratification, legislative incorporation and implementation of the universal legal regime against terrorism, UNODC's Terrorism Prevention Branch manages and implements the Global Project on "Strengthening the Legal Regime against Terrorism" which was launched in 2003 and provides the operational framework for UNODC's specialized legal and capacity building assistance related to terrorism. The Global Project is implemented by TPB 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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