Special Newsletter from UNODC South  Asia 

October 2022

Welcoming Our New Regional Representative
India: Mr. Marco Teixeira takes over as the new UNODC Regional Representative for South Asia  
Mr. Marco Teixeira, a national of Portugal, assumed responsibilities as the incoming Representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Regional Office for South Asia (UNODC ROSA). 

Within UNODC, Mr. Teixeira has led programme development and implementation, partnership building and resource mobilization efforts in various positions, including recently as i) Programme Coordinator (Head of Office in Mozambique and Malawi) in Maputo (from June 2021 to September 2022); ii) Senior Programme Officer with the Division for Treaty Affairs in Vienna leading the Global Programme for the implementation of the Doha Declaration (Jan.2019-May 2021); iii) Programme Officer (Law Enforcement Expert) (2016-2019) in that same division; iv) Head, Organized Crime, Illicit Trafficking and Terrorism section in Regional Office for West and Central Africa, Dakar (2014-2016); v) Programme Coordinator in Liberia and Sierra Leonne (2013-2014); and vi) Law Enforcement Adviser in the Programme Office in Guinea-Bissau (2011-2012).
Regional Snapshots
Bangladesh: UNODC-GLO.ACT launches the first national study on Trafficking in Persons
The First UNODC National Study on Trafficking in Persons in Bangladesh was launched by the Government of Bangladesh and GLO.ACT Bangladesh in Dhaka, in a special event presided over by the Minister of Home Affairs, Minister of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment and the Head of Delegation of the European Union in Bangladesh. The study highlights economic vulnerabilities and climate change as significant TIP risk factors in Bangladesh.
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(Supported by the
European Union)
Bangladesh: UNODC conducts a strategy-setting mission 
UNODC conducted a strategy-setting mission to Bangladesh to present the developments with regard to the Office’s operations in South Asia, and to support partnership building and opportunities for collaboration in the country. The mission was combined with a special focus and actions on countering trafficking in persons and related areas.
Bhutan: UNODC enhances multi-stakeholder cooperation and public awareness to 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 over 100 representatives from local government, frontline organisations, health workers and civil society in the Pema Gatshel, Trashiyangtse and Trashigang Dzongkhags. About 3,871 young people were also engaged through special awareness programs on preventing human trafficking.
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(Supported by the
US Department of State)
India: At NCERT Conference on Mental Health, UNODC pushes for education on integrity and SDGs to strengthen socio-emotional resilience among young people
UNODC delivered a technical session on ways to meaningfully engage young people through education and strengthening their socio-emotional resilience at a two-day NCERT National Conference on Mental Health and Well-being in Schools and Role of School Administrators. The Conference engaged and sensitised over 500 school administrators, leaders and other stakeholders on the need to advance mental health care among young people with exchange of good practices and expertise. At the Conference, UNODC showcased the Global Resource for Anti-Corruption Education (GRACE) Initiative, free-to-use educational resources and tools on crime prevention, integrity and ethics, and good practices including the Lockdown Learners series from South Asia.
India: UNODC showcases Family Skills Programme at state-level multi-stakeholder consultation in Mizoram    
A state-level multi-stakeholder consultation for key government departments was conducted at Aizwal, Mizoram in Northeast India, in collaboration with Department of Social Welfare and Tribal Affairs. With the consultation, UNODC showcased the Family Skills Programme and discussed cooperation on implementing the same in India’s Northeastern region.
Maldives: UNODC assists Maldivian authorities to train trainers in the area of juvenile justice 
UNODC delivered an online follow-up training session for the Training of Trainers on juvenile justice for officials from the Department of Juvenile Justice, Maldives Correctional Services, Juvenile Court, Prosecutor General’s Office, and Maldives Police Service. The training session built on previous initiatives, including a technical assistance needs assessment that UNODC carried out in 2020 to identify needs and gaps of the Maldivian juvenile justice system as well as the development of a comprehensive national training programme on juvenile justice in 2021. 
Nepal: UNODC conducts training on wildlife crime scene management 
With support of the US Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, and as a part of the South Asia activities under the Global Programme on Crimes that Affect the Environment (GPCAE), UNODC trained 22 law enforcement and criminal justice officials in Nepal through a three-day training on wildlife crime scene management held from 17-19 October in Nagarkot. The training consisted of a mixture of theory and practical sessions on aspects of national laws and challenges, electronic evidence, collecting and submitting evidence, pathogen exposure, etc. pertaining to wildlife crime.  The sessions of the training were designed as per the needs identified by participants in previous UNODC consultations with relevant wildlife agencies in Nepal. 

(Supported by the
US Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs)
Sri Lanka: UNODC strengthens capacity of community groups, government officials and criminal justice practitioners to promote fundamental rights    
UNODC hosted three capacity-building workshops on promoting access to justice and protecting fundamental rights for 160 state officials and 75 senior police officers in Southern Province and Eastern Province of Sri Lanka. The trainings were designed to enhance understanding of applicable legal frameworks and provisions to protect fundamental rights. Discussions focused on addressing issues of fear of stigmatization, cultural perceptions, social alienation and public trust in law enforcement.
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(Supported by the
UN Secretary General’s Peace Building Fund)
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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