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The UNODC-WCO Global Container Control Programmne

About 90% of all trade is conducted via maritime containers of which more than  500 million are shipped yearly in the trade supply chain, and of this amount, less than 2% are inspected. The incredible volume of containers travelling the seas from country to country and continent to continent, make them important targets for actors in the illicit drug trade, and even more so for actors involved in producing and delivering counterfeit goods and merchandise. The global dependency on maritime trade, combined with not only sophisticated concealment methods employed by narco-traffickers or counterfeiters, but also diverse trafficking routes, make successful interdiction and intervention difficult. The situation, therefore, poses a serious threat to the international trade supply, as well as to sustainable development.


In response to this, UNODC and the World Customs Organization (WCO) launched the Container Control Programme (CCP) in 2004 to assist Governments in establishing effective checks at select ports across the globe. This United Nations Television Service (UNTV) video tells the story about the international trafficking of clandestine goods in containers, and illustrates the joint UNODC/WCO efforts to address it.


The UNODC-WCO Global Container Control Programme in Latin America and the Caribbean

... In Latin America, operational Joint Port Control Units (JPCUs) exist in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Panama and Paraguay. In the Caribbean, the CCP has been gaining significant momentum following the signing of Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with Suriname and Guyana in mid-2012, and Jamaica and the Dominican Republic which established JPCUs in 2013.


Beautiful products made by prisoners around the world


Throughout the photographic synthesis of the products made by prisoners is notorious how providing prisoners with useful skills can help them achieve a life without crime on their release and prevent re-offending.

This video shows several products made in different prisons around the world within the framework of technical assistance projects that UNODC provides to United Nations' Member States.  Among the products presented, it can be appreciated a beautiful backpack made with "mola" (a form of textile art made entirely by hand, originally from the Guna ethnicity of Panama) by women inmates of the Women's Rehabilitation Center of Panama (CEFERE) in one of the production workshops financed by UNODC ROPAN.


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Implementing Prison Reform in Panama


In response to the commitment and willingness of the Panamanian State, UNODC has been implementing the project 'Supporting prison reform in Panama' since October 2010. The project's main objectives are: to develop a comprehensive reform strategy aimed at the humanization of prison conditions and the professionalization of prison staff; and to contribute to the achievement of Panama's goal of having a modern, effective and efficient prison service in line with international standards.

This video highlights the achievements made by the Panamanian Prison System through the technical and financial support of this project implemented by the UNODC Regional Office for Central America and the Caribbean in Panama (UNODC ROPAN).



The Strengthening Families Programme

... The Strengthening Families Programme was developed by the UNODC based on scientific evidence that spoke to the effectiveness of targeting families and adolescents to prevent drug abuse, crime and other risk behaviours in youth. It was initiated in Panama with the aim of contributing to the ongoing efforts in the fields of drug prevention, HIV/AIDS, and delinquency amongst the juvenile population through the participation of the family as a unit in prevention programmes. "Strengthening Families" is directed at parents with children between the ages of 10 and 14. The programme consists of a curriculum of skills development for parents, adolescents and the family as a whole, disseminated in seven sessions which employ the use of video, analysis workshops, educational games and family activities.