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11 March 2024

The new "gold rush": Challenges associated with critical raw materials for the green transition

Critical raw materials (CRMs) are closely linked to green technologies and are at the heart of the EU green transition and climate neutrality goals. They are irreplaceable for technologies such as solar panels, wind turbines, electric vehicles, or energy-efficient lighting, to name a few. Ensuring sustainable CRM extraction and trade therefore is key to the EU’s energy security and economic resilience. more

22 February 2024

New UNODC research on child recruitment and exploitation by terrorist groups shows need for a united front on child protection

Children around the world are victims of a serious form of violence: recruitment and exploitation by terrorist groups. Recognizing the gravity of this situation and the scarcity of related data and evidence, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), together with national research partners and the support of the European Union, launched a new study in Brussels. more

23 January 2024

With over 460 million children living in conflict, child protection systems must be strengthened, says UNODC Executive Director

At the Protection of Children in Armed Conflicts conference in Brussels, Ms. Waly was joined by Parliamentarians, students, and young researchers – some of whom came from areas affected by armed conflicts – in an effort to include these groups in policymaking. more

14-15 November 2023

"Equal Access, Empowered Health - No Patient Left Behind"

Large inequalities remain in the availability of internationally-controlled substances for medical and scientific purposes. According to estimates by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), 75% of the world’s population has limited or no access to controlled medicines. more

18 October 2023

UNODC and the European Union join efforts to address Terrorism on the basis of Xenophobia, Racism and other forms of Intolerance, or in the name of Religion or Belief (XRIRB)/Violent Right-Wing Extremism (VRWE)

The threat of violent extremism on the basis of xenophobia, racism and other forms of intolerance, or in the name of religion or belief (XRIRB), is a global threat. more

5 October 2023

EU and UNODC meet for the 2nd Anti-Corruption Dialogue

The European Union (EU) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) renewed their commitment to foster collaboration and align actions to tackle corruption together by holding the second dedicated EU-UNODC Anti-Corruption Dialogue in Vienna. more

30 July 2023

World Day against Trafficking in Persons 2023 

The World Day Against Trafficking in Persons was observed on 30 July 2023 in Belgium and around the world with a resounding call to "reach every victim of trafficking, leave no one behind". UNODC, European, and Belgian partners joined forces to mark World Day and raise awareness through the Blue Heart Campaignmore

20-21 June 2023 

United against corruption in sport: Promoting a fairer playing field in South Asia, as part of EU-funded project 

The workshop delivered under an EU-funded project aimed to provide over 40 officials from six South Asian countries with the requisite skillset to tackle corruption in sports, with a specific focus on competition manipulation and sporting events. more

10 June 2023

UN Brussels Taskforce on Youth joins thousands of young people at the European Youth Event to advocate for meaningful youth participation in democratic life and decision-making

On 9-10 June, the UN Brussels Task Force on Youth participated in the European Youth Event held and organized by the European Parliament in Strasbourg. more


1 June 2023

UNODC promotes effective regional and international cooperation mechanisms to investigate and prosecute radiological and nuclear crimes 

It is no secret that terrorists and other criminals are actively seeking nuclear and other radioactive material for malicious purposes, and the nature of this threat is transnational. more

15-16 May 2023 

Safeguarding sport from corruption in the ASEAN: UNODC delivers second workshop as part of EU-funded project

More than 60 representatives from anti-corruption entities, criminal justice authorities, governments, sports organizations, and private sector from the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) participated in the two-day workshop on “Safeguarding sport from corruption: Focus on the ASEAN” organized by UNODC. more

22 March 2023

UNODC enhances capacities of Member States in South-Eastern Europe to investigate, prosecute and adjudicate radiological and nuclear crimes

To further support Member States’ efforts in strengthening the capacities of their criminal justice systems, UNODC held a regional workshop on the effective implementation of ICSANT for South-Eastern European countries on 21-22 March 2023 in Vienna and in the context of an EU-funded programme. more

8 March 2023

EU and UNODC deepen cooperation in the fight against corruption and organised crime

In a context of increasingly inter-connected challenges to global peace and security and continued impacts of COVID-19 on the most vulnerable, the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) met this week to discuss shared priorities in the fight against organised crime, terrorism, and corruption as well as drug issues. more


6 March 2023

UNODC, INTERPOL and the European Commission organize discussion on the scale, scope, and impact of trafficking in cultural property for practitioners

UNODC, INTERPOL, and the European Commission came together to co-organise a seminar on “False Trades: Uncovering the scale and scope of trafficking in cultural property”. Trafficking in cultural property, together with the destruction of cultural heritage, has been recognized as a threat to international peace and security by the UN Security Council, along with it being an impediment to the enjoyment of cultural heritage as a human right guaranteed by international law, and to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. more