Special Newsletter from UNODC South  Asia 

November 2022

Regional Snapshots
India: UNODC Regional Representative for South Asia presents Official Credentials to Government of India 
UNODC Regional Representative for South Asia, Mr. Marco Teixeira presented his Credentials to Mr. Sanjay Verma, Secretary (West), Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. UNODC is committed to support and work with the Government of India in strengthening the rule of law, security, justice, health and in ensuring that no one is left behind.
India: UNODC presents trends in terror financing at crime at ‘No Money for Terror’ Ministerial Conference chaired and hosted by Government of India
UNODC presented international good practices in counter terrorism and emerging trends in terror financing and crime at the 3rd ‘No Money for Terror’ Ministerial Conference on Counter-Terrorism Financing hosted and chaired by the Government of India. The event was opened by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with participation of 450 senior government delegates from 70 nations. UNODC Regional Representative for South Asia Mr. Marco Teixeira and Chief of Terrorism Branch, Mr. Masoud Karimipour participated in the conference, aimed at advancing global cooperation. 
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(Hosted and Chaired by the
Government of India)
India: Expert Forum calls for stronger community efforts, policy interventions on health and rights to enable a drug-free childhood
Calling for a ‘drug free childhood,’ UNODC joined hands with the Fourth Wave Foundation and the World Federation against Drugs to convene an international forum in Kerala, to strengthen joint efforts by civil society, governments, health organisations, policymakers and communities to address drug use. The forum called for stronger community efforts and policy interventions to promote a health and human rights-based approach against drug use.
Bhutan: UNODC builds stakeholder capacities and strengthens public awareness to prevent and counter Trafficking in Persons
A series of two-day trainings on countering Trafficking in Persons were organised in collaboration with the Department of Law and Order, Bhutan, for representatives from local government, frontline organisations, health workers and civil society in the Samdrup Jongkhar, Lhuntse and Mongar districts. Young people and educators in schools were also engaged through special awareness programs on preventing human trafficking.
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(Supported by the
US Department of State/JTIP)
Maldives: UNODC launches new initiative to address the risk of terrorism and increase security
A symbolic opening ceremony was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Male to mark the launch of UNODC’s forthcoming project “Support to Addressing the Risk of Terrorism and to Increasing Security in the Maldives”. The project will be launched at the beginning of 2023 with financial assistance from the European Union.
Sri Lanka: UNODC promotes knowledge sharing among community groups, government officials and criminal justice practitioners on access to justice and fundamental rights    
UNODC delivered two focused capacity-building workshops for 45 state officials and 50 lawyers in Triconmalee and Pasikuda districts (Eastern Province) of Sri Lanka, in collaboration with the Legal Aid Commission. The trainings were designed to enhance understanding of applicable legal frameworks and provisions to protect fundamental rights.
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(Supported by UN Secretary General’s Peace Building Fund)
India: UNODC drug law enforcement trainings enhance official capacities on investigations, prosecutions and legal frameworks 
UNODC organised two capacity-building workshops in New Delhi for senior and operational-level officials of law enforcement agencies from Northeast India, the Railway Protection Force and the Indian Coast Guard. Modules were focused on legal frameworks, investigations and prosecutions, search and seizures, synthetic drugs and forensic testing, among others.
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(Supported by the
Department of Revenue, Government of India)
India: UNODC, Academy of Prisons and Correctional Administration (Vellore) avenues to strengthen health in prison settings in India   
Under the joint Unified Budget, Results and Accountability Framework (UBRAF) mechanism, UNODC's Criminal Justice Expert Seema Joshi Arya called on Mr. M Chandrasekhar, Director, Academy of Prisons and Correctional Administration (APAC), Vellore to discuss prison health interventions. The importance of capacity building of prison staff to strengthen healthcare in prisons, in line with the Nelson Mandela Rules, was emphasised.
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(Supported by the
Unified Budget, Results and Accountability Framework/UNAIDS)
Nepal: UNODC educates vulnerable groups in prison settings on HIV/AIDS prevention, harm reduction and social reintegration 
Under the joint Unified Budget, Results and Accountability Framework (UBRAF) mechanism, UNODC conducted an educational awareness program on harm reduction, HIV prevention, testing services and social reintegration for women who use drugs for female inmates and staff at the Central Prison of Kathmandu.
(Supported by the
Unified Budget, Results and Accountability Framework/UNAIDS)
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
  • Joint UN Program Fund
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • UN Secretary General's Peace Building Fund
Government Partners:
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • India
  • Maldives
  • Nepal
  • Sri Lanka
Call for Partnerships:
Impacting Lives with Innovation
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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