Special Newsletter from UNODC South  Asia 

August 2022

Regional Snapshots
Maldives: UNODC engages prison officials to strengthen non-custodial measures
A training on strengthening non-custodial measures to reduce prison overcrowding in the Maldives was organised for prison officials, in partnership with the Maldives Correctional Service. Discussions focused on the need to shift from a punitive approach towards a more rehabilitative approach of crime prevention and promoted the use of alternatives to imprisonment.
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(Supported by the
US Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs)
India: CBSE-UNODC consultation with key government bodies calls for mainstreaming education on integrity, peace, SDGs and health
Marking the International Youth Day, a consultation on mainstreaming education on integrity, peace, SDGs and health was convened in partnership with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Government of India, where UNODC showcased the GRACE Initiative, the Family Skills Programme and the Lockdown Learners series to senior officials from 12 apex government bodies coordinating educational efforts in India.
  (In partnership with
Central Board of Secondary Education, Government of India)
India: UNODC national consultation with law enforcement agencies advocates stronger cooperation to counter synthetic drugs
Under the aegis of the GLO.SMART programme, a national consultation on Synthetic Drugs was organised, with participation of senior officials from Indian law enforcement agencies. Discussions focused on global and regional trends, forensic challenges and precursor control, among others. Participants called for a multi-pronged ‘whole of government’ approach in countering the drug problem.
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(Supported by the
US Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs )
Maldives: UNODC supports the National Drug Agency in implementing effective treatment for drug-related disorders
UNODC delivered a series of trainings and mentoring for over 120 personnel of Maldives' National Drug Agency towards the implementation of effective drug treatments. The trainings touched upon the delivery of informed care for individuals affected by severe psychological traumas and addiction, the assessment and triage of patients and core functions of a drug counselor.
India: UNODC strengthens law enforcement capacities to counter cybercrime and drug trafficking
In partnership with Assam Police, a capacity building training on cybercrimes, including drug trafficking and financial frauds, was convened from 22 to 24 August 2022 at Guwahati. The training was attended by 73 operational level police officers from India’s six Northeastern states--namely Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Sikkim. 
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(Supported by the
Government of India)
Bangladesh: UNODC engages stakeholders to examine link between climate change and human trafficking in Bangladesh
Under the aegis of the GLO.ACT-Bangladesh project, a field mission was conducted in four districts of Khulna Division of Bangladesh to engage stakeholders for preparing a case study, exploring the linkage between climate change and migration. This was followed by a multi-stakeholder consultation on climate change and human trafficking convened in partnership with the Ministry of Home Affairs.
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(Supported by the
European Union)
Bangladesh: UNODC undertakes expert consultations in Bangladesh to develop Standard Operating Procedure on human trafficking investigations
Under the aegis of GLO.ACT-Bangladesh, two drafting committee meetings were convened with experts for preparing the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on human trafficking investigations. The aim of the SOP is to codify and compile the national and international practices for trafficking in persons (TIP) investigation and be a handy guide for operational level officers of Bangladesh Police. 

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(Supported by the
European Union)
UNODC Global Strategy (2021-2025)
UNODC’s mission is to contribute to global peace and security, human rights and development by making the world safer from drugs, crime, corruption and terrorism. Our new Global Strategy (2021-2025) will equip UNODC to deliver effectively, efficiently and with accountability, elevating our support to Member States to build just, inclusive and resilient societies that leave no one behind.  Our interventions pay special attention to human rights, protection of children, gender equality, empowerment of women and youth.
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Our Partners
Our activities in South Asia are possible
due to the generous support of:

  • European Union
  • Germany
  • India
  • Japan
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Joint UN Program Fund
Government Partners:
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • India
  • Maldives
  • Nepal
  • Sri Lanka
Call for Partnerships:
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Building Back Better from COVID-19: Leaving No One Behind
UNODC Regional Office for South Asia has developed a wide range of projects and initiatives on the following thematic areas:

-Building law enforcement capacities against drugs and organised crime
-Addressing drug use and HIV/AIDS 

-Enhancing multi-stakeholder responses to counter Trafficking in Persons 
-Engaging young people and educators on crime prevention, integrity, Global Goals and peace with educational interventions
-Promoting family skills to reduce risky behaviours among young people

-Countering corruption 
-Addressing Gender-based Violence
-Strengthening responses to prevent and counter wildlife crime
-Countering cybercrime and promoting online safety

We seek active support to enable the implementation of these programs and to scale-up efforts to promote security, justice and health among vulnerable groups in South Asia. Our partnerships aim at building national and regional alliances on our mandates, which are closely linked to national, regional and global priorities as well as the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals. Let's join hands to enable and aid large-scale and impactful initiatives that help people lead safer and healthier lives .  Your support can make all the difference!

To know more, please contact:

Mr. Samarth Pathak
Communications Officer
UNODC Regional Office for South Asia
Cellphone: +91-9811347927
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) assists Member States in their efforts to combat illicit drugs and international crime. Over the past two decades, the UNODC Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA) has been working with governments and civil society in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka, providing specialized assistance to address challenges pertaining to drugs, organised crime, security, justice and health. The commitment to Sustainable Development Goals, human rights and the rule of law is at the core of our mandate.
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