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UNODC is based in Vienna, Austria, and is present in all regions of the world through its global programmes. The Office emplyes 2,500 people and works in a network of field offices in 80 countries

UNODC has been in Brazil since 1991, where it has a Liaison and Partership Office in Brasília (DF) and employs people in almost the 27 Brazilian Federation Units.

Always supported by scientific evidence, UNODC works directly with governments, ministries, security forces, justice, health and penitentiary systems at the federal, state and municipal levels and has a technical and operational team of about 90 professionals in Brazil, specialized in the programmatic areas of the Office. 

About the Liaison and Partership Office in Brazil

UNODC bases its work on the three international drug control conventions, the conventions against transnational organised crime and against corruption and the international instruments against terrorism. 

UNODC's goal is to make the world safer from drugs, organised crime, corruption and terrorism by combating these threats to achieve health, security and justice for all and by promoting sustainable peace and well-being.

UNODC provides technical assistance to Member States in the areas of health, criminal justice and public security, including drug use control and prevention, tackling transnational organized crime, illicit trafficking in drugs, human beings and arms, prison reform, corruption and money laundering, asset management and recovery, and HIV prevention among drug users and people in detention. 


United Nations Conventions

UNODC, as the guardian of the following conventions ratified by Brazil, has the mandate to support countries in their implementation:

  • UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (Palermo Convention/UNTOC) and its protocols on trafficking in persons; smuggling of migrants; and illicit trafficking in firearms
  • UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC)
  • UN Conventions on Drugs (1961, 1971, 1988)
  • UN Conventions on Terrorism (1963, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1979, 1980, 1988, 1991, 1997, 1999, 2005, 2010, 2014)
  • United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (Mandela Rules)

Pillars of our work

Normative work, to assist in the ratification and implementation of international treaties, and the development of national legislation on drugs, crime and terrorism.

Research and analysis, to enrich knowledge and broaden understanding of drug and crime problems and to establish evidence-based policies and strategies.

Technical assistance through international cooperation, to enable Member States to provide effective responses to drug-related issues, organized crime and terrorism.

 UNODC works in partnership with the Brazilian government in different areas:

  • Drug trafficking and transnational organized crime, according to UNTOC

  • Human trafficking and smuggling of migrants
  • Crime prevention and building effective criminal justice systems
  • Prison System Reform in accordance with the Mandela, Bangkok and Tokyo Rules
  • Fighting corruption, according to UNCAC
  • Money laundering, asset management and recovery
  • Prevention of drug use and promotion of treatment, social protection and rehabilitation services

UNODC and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

UNODC is committed to supporting Member States in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which recognizes that the rule of law, effective and humane security and justice systems, health promotion and drug use prevention, are part of sustainable development.

Our projects in Brazil

Implemented in partnership with the National Council of Justice (CNJ) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in almost all 27 Brazilian States.

Promotes the practice of sports as a tool to prevent crime under the Programme for the Promotion of the Doha Declaration. 

Reduces criminality and violence through young multipliers leaders of SDGs in partnership with CNP Brasil Institute and São Paulo's Municipal Office of Human Rights and Citizenship (SMDHC).

Provides educational tools on Rule of Law in the framework of the Programme for the Promotion of the Doha Declaration.

Implements the Police Activity Compliance Index (ICAP), in the State of Rio Grande do Sul, in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

Implements the Police Activity Compliance Index (ICAP), in the State of Paraná, in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

Improves the criminal justice response to human trafficking and acts in regional and local levels to identify, prevent and process crimes.

Provides specialized assistance to minimize illicit drug trafficking, other illicit goods and illegal deforestation in maritime containers.

Strengthens the capacity of international airports to intercept drugs and other illicit goods in partnership with Interpol and the World Customs Organization.

Fights drug trafficking and organized crime along the routes in Latin America, Africa, and Europe by promoting regional cooperation.

Instrumentalizes SENAD/MJSP in the production of studies and analysis on trends and threats posed by different types of illicit trafficking and transnational organized crime


Production of technical subsidies to strengthen the state's integrated strategy for the prevention of violence and the treatment of drug use disorders, based on evidence and international best practices.

A partnership between UNODC, INTERPOL and RHIPTO-Norwegian Center for Global Analysis. LEAP seeks to share knowledge and build global networks to combat illegal deforestation and related crimes in order to assist member states with law enforcement in key countries in Latin America and Southeast Asia.


The Program to Combat Organized Crime strengthens cooperation between Brazil and Paraguay to fight organized crime in the prison system, and in the Amazon region, improves the response to drug trafficking and transnational crime.


Anti-Corruption Program (COVID-19) ensures responses to COVID-19 through transnational programmes on transparency and integrity in public procurement, whistleblower protection, and oversight mechanisms in South Africa, South America, and Southeast Asia.


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