Facts & Figures 

EU-UN cooperation is built on shared goals, values and ideas. In the Charter of the United Nations, respect for human rights and the rule of law, prevention of conflict and improving living standards for all are highlighted. This is also to be found in the Lisbon Treaty: "In its relations with the wider world, the Union shall uphold and promote its values and interests and contribute to the protection of its citizens. It shall contribute to peace, security, the sustainable development of the earth, solidarity and mutual respect among peoples, free and fair trade, eradication of poverty and the protection of human rights, in particular the rights of the child, as well as to the strict observance and the development of international law, including respect of the UN Charter". Therefore, the EU and the UN work closely together on development cooperation, humanitarian aid, peace and security and human rights. In 2016, both organisations cooperated in more than 110 countries across the globe, amounting to €1,704 billion of EU support provided through UN programmes. 

For UNODC, the partnership with the EU is crucial. We work closely together towards common goals worldwide across the whole range of UNODC mandate areas. During the past years, the operational partnership, expressed in funding, has developed from a joint portfolio of ongoing projects worth US$ 3,6 million in 2004 to US$ 131 million in 2017. In 2016, the European Union was again among the top donors to UNODC, and together with the funding received from the EU Member States provided about one third of total UNODC funding.
In partnership with the EU, UNODC is able to implement projects worldwide. The largest single country joint portfolio is in Nigeria, with large scale projects addressing corruption, justice reform, drugs and organised crime, human trafficking and migrant smuggling. However, as shown below, joint projects are implemented globally, with significant portfolios in Africa, Latin America, Asia and the MENA region.



You will find below the ongoing portfolio of joint projects by region. The Euro amounts represent the EU contribution; the numbers in brackets are the number of joint projects currently under implementation.

Graphic © UNODC Brussels





In terms of challenges addressed through joint programmes, these span across all of UNODC mandate areas: Graphic © UNODC Brussels  


Funding is awarded under the following EU financial instruments for external action:

Graphic © UNODC Brussels 




Last update: 24.11.2017