UNODC, UNDP and SPVD signed a partnership to prevent crime and violence in Pernambuco, Brazil

Brasília, 8 July 2020 - The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has signed a partnership with the Secretariat of State for Drug and Violence Prevention Policies (SPVD) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to provide technical support  for the implementation and monitoring of part of the "Pernambuco Crime and Violence Prevention Programme". The programme also counts with the partnership of the United Nations Programme for Human Settlements (UN-HABITAT).

The agreement between UNODC, SPVD and UNDP aims to support the production of technical subsidies to strengthen the integrated state strategy for the prevention of violence and treatment of drug use disorders, based on scientific evidence and international best practices. 

The partnership also foresees the development of an indicator matrix to contribute to the monitoring of policies to prevent crime, violence and drug abuse, aimed at adolescents and young people aged 12-29 years, exposed to violence and various situations of social vulnerability in the 20 (twenty) Integrated Security Areas (AISs) prioritized by the state of Pernambuco (Special Territories of Citizenship - TECs). 

The matrix will be based on the interface between police and youth, through the Police Activity Compliance Index (ICAP/UNODC); between youth, lethal victimization and social vulnerabilities, inspired by indicators such as the Index of Juvenile Vulnerability to Violence (IVJ). Both indexes will be integrated into the methodology for mapping criminal faction networks. 

According to Elena Abbati, Country Director of the  UNODC Liaison and Partnership Office in Brazil, "UNODC has a mandate to identify, analyse and monitor global trends in drugs, justice and crime. All this work to produce scientific evidence is based on the premise that reliable information is essential to strengthen international cooperation and the capacity of member countries to monitor, evaluate and propose responses, especially with regard to a social phenomenon as complex as drugs and crime," she said.

According to the UNDP resident representative in Brazil, Katyna Argueta, the partnership with the state of Pernambuco aims to develop knowledge and innovative methodologies, as well as pilot actions aimed at strengthening social prevention of crime and violence in the state, adopting an intersectoral perspective and focusing on the most vulnerable populations, leaving no one behind. The UNODC's collaboration in this project will add the agency's expertise in drug policy issues, contributing directly to the results to be achieved by the project in the state.


In recent years, the state of Pernambuco has made public investments in the prevention of violence, in the protection, attention and care of drug abuse and in the promotion of the rights of the most vulnerable people.

The 'Pact for Life Programme', which has been implemented since 2007, and the 'Government Present Programme of Integrated Actions for Citizenship', since 2011, are part of the initiatives implemented by the State aimed at the social prevention of violence and the structuring intervention of an integrated social development policy in areas that concentrate high rates of lethal and intentional violent crimes.

The Secretariat for Policies on Prevention of Violence and Drugs (SPVD) was created in 2019, when a proposal for a Social Policy on Prevention of Crime and Violence in the state of Pernambuco, approved and adopeted in May 2019, was prepared to follow up on actions to prevent and confront crime and drugs. 


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