Conceptualizing corruption to design effective policies: how education is key to tackling crime
June 19, 2017

Conceptualizing corruption to design effective policies: how education is key to tackling crime

UNODC, the Interdisciplinary Corruption Research Network (ICRN) and Sciences-Po Paris held a two-day academic event bringing together over 80 researchers and academics from some 50 countries to look at how to develop effective policies to tackle corruption. Among others, the event aimed to better understand the role of corruption in post-conflict societies, the historical roots of corruption as well as the role of big data to help combat the problem.

Consultations held with key South African actors as ‘Line Up Live Up’ enters next stage of roll out
June 16, 2017

Consultations held with key South African actors as 'Line Up Live Up' enters next stage of roll out

Following early successes and positive experiences over recent months in piloting the Doha Declaration Global Programme's 'Line Up Live Up' curriculum in Brazil, on-the-ground work recently started in South Africa. Consultations held with a wide array of Government and non-Governmental actors at both national and provincial levels not only affirmed the recognized need for additional youth crime prevention initiatives but also highlighted the range of opportunities and potential synergies in the country to link up with.

UN entities discuss human rights education in Geneva
June 2, 2017

UN entities discuss human rights education in Geneva

The Education for Justice (E4J) initiative took part in a discussion in Geneva on the role of human rights education (HRE) in advancing the Education 2030 Agenda. The Seminar, entitled "  How Can Human Rights Education and Training be Promoted through the Education 2030 Agenda, especially Target 4.7?" brought together key United Nations entities for a round-table on their respective education programmes. Aside from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the other UN bodies included the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The Seminar focused on synergies between the various education programmes and how the Education 2030 Agenda addresses human rights education. In his opening remarks, Ambassador Maurizio Serra, Permanent Representative of Italy, highlighted the work of the States Platform on Human Rights Education and Training, which is co-chaired with Brazil, in bringing cross-regional perspectives into human rights education.

UNODC brings together youth in Brasilia to discuss violence, crime and drug use
May 29, 2017

UNODC brings together youth in Brasilia to discuss violence, crime and drug use

In mid-May, UNODC organized  its first Youth Dialogue event in Brasilia as part of the Office's ongoing work in using sports as a tool to counter youth crime through the development of vital life skills. Bringing together over 20 adolescents aged 11 to 17 from Olympic Centers that serve under-privileged communities, the group discussed how sports influence their lives and how UNODC can ultimately use this as a vehicle to build resilience  of at-risk youth and prevent them from engaging in violence, crime and drug use.

The Youth Dialogue gave participants the opportunity to share opinions and personal experiences on these issues, as well as how sport offers them a way to lead healthier and safer lives.

Evaluating impact: experts gather in Vienna to discuss UNODC’s ‘Line Up Live Up’ life skills training curriculum
May 26, 2017

Evaluating impact: experts gather in Vienna to discuss UNODC's 'Line Up Live Up' life skills training curriculum

Experts on crime and drug-use prevention, sports and development, as well as evaluation and monitoring, gathered in Vienna in May to review the results of UNODC's sports-based life skills training curriculum currently being developed under the Doha Declaration Global Programme. With the gathering of key people from within this area, the meeting allowed for an in-depth exchange of views on the development of the impact evaluation tools and to discuss opportunities for linking the life skills training to other support services for youth in marginalized communities.