The Regional Programme to Prevent and Combat Crime, Terrorism and Health Threats and Strengthen Criminal Justice Systems in Line with International Human Rights Standards (2016-2021)

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The Regional Programme is the strategic umbrella for a coherent and integrated approach to the challenges observed and the needs identified through ongoing projects in the region. The Programme guides UNODC ROMENA's work to support Member States' efforts to bring peace and stability to the region by further enabling governments to effectively and efficiently combat organized crime, terrorism, and corruption, in compliance with the rule of law and human rights standards. Under the Regional Programme's framework, challenges posed by illicit trafficking, terrorism, and corruption are also addressed. The strengthening of criminal justice systems and crime prevention as building blocks for security, human rights, and peace plays a prominent role as UNODC continues to work with national governments on these issues as well as on finding effective ways to reduce the prevalence of HIV/AIDS. For the Regional Programme, click here.

In partnership with the League of Arab States, UNODC organizes a yearly meeting with MENA countries to discuss the implementation of the regional programme and upcoming challenges and how to face them, such as the COVID19 pandemic. 

Structure of the Regional Programme: 

The overarching theme of the Regional Programme is the promotion of rule of law and human development and the full integration of the evolving human security threats posed by drugs and crime into the Middle East and Northern Africa development agenda. The Regional Programme is composed of five priority Subprogrammes, namely:

  • Combating Organized Crime
  • Countering Terrorism
  • Combating Corruption and Financial Crimes
  • Strengthening Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice
  • Prevention of Drug Use, Treatment and Care of Drug Use Disorders and HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care