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State of Eritrea

UNODC’s partnership with the Government of the State of Eritrea was formalized in July 2019 with the signing of a Partnership Framework on further cooperation.

The framework seeks to assist the State of Eritrea in achieving its people-centred, rapid and balanced sustainable development agenda which is anchored on the principles of social justice and self-reliance.

Entitled Partnership Framework between the Government of the State of Eritrea and the United Nations office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to support the Government of the State of Eritrea on the implementation of the UNODC Regional Programme (2016-2021), the framework is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Strategic Partnership Cooperation Framework (SPCF) 2017-2021 agreed between the Government of the State of Eritrea and the United Nations consistent with ‘Delivering as one’ agenda.

The joint programme aims to:

  • Reduce crime and victimization in Eritrea
  • Promote the rule of law and protect human rights
  • Combat transnational organized crime 
  • Enhance the gender-sensitivity and inclusivity of the justice sector and law enforcement agencies under three key pillars.

Our cooperation with the government will contribute to the realization of SPCF Pillar 1 Basic Social Services, Pillar 3 Public Sector Capacity Development as well as Pil

lar 4 Inclusive Growth, Food Security, and Sustainable Livelihoods. It will be in focus at a Side Event at the UN General Assembly in New York in September 2019.


Our main areas of planned activity in Eritrea are:

  • Crime prevention and criminal justice – including support for developing and implementing a National Crime Prevention Strategy
  • Strengthening the administration of justice – including assisting the criminal justice system to deliver reforms through capacity building and improved oversight and coordination
  • Combatting transnational organized crime – including strengthening law enforcement, prosecutorial, judicial and analytical capacity to combat all forms of transnational organized crime and enhance integrated border management.


These areas of cooperation are set to pave the way to help Eritrea realize Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 which aims to expand access to justice for all and build effective and accountable institutions at all levels. Progress towards SDG 16 will further assist Eritrea in their pursuit to achieve other SDGs.

In September 2019, a side event in the margins of the UN General Assembly provided an opportunity to highlight this comprehensive partnership framework.


State of Eritrea and UNODC brochure

More information

Email: unodc-easternafrica@un.org