The mission of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is to contribute to the achievement of security and justice for all by making the world safer from drugs, crime, corruption and terrorism. In Viet Nam, the country programme for 2012-2017 translates this vision into a platform for action and gives strategic direction to the UNODC Country Office in its future work. It was developed in line with the priorities set out in the Government's most recent policy documents, in particular the Socio-Economic Development Plan 2011-2015 and the Socio-Economic Development Strategy 2011-2020. It also aims to further the alignment of UNODC technical assistance activities with the One Plan 2012-2016, thus ensuring the overall coherence and effectiveness of UN activities in Viet Nam.

In line with UNODC mandates, the country programme responds to these challenges through five inter-related sub-programmes:

(i) transnational organized crime and illicit trafficking;
(ii) anti-corruption and money laundering;
(iii) terrorism prevention;
(iv) criminal justice; and
(v) drug demand reduction and HIV/AIDS.

Within each sub-programme, specific outcomes and outputs are identified based on the threat assessment and research. In particular, the programme advocates and supports the ratification of those international conventions and protocols for which UNODC acts as the worldwide custodian and helps with the adoption of related legislation within the Vietnamese legal system. Dedicated programme components will help with the training and the introduction of practices and materials required for the successful implementation of up-to-date international standards in drug control and criminal justice.

UNODC will remain flexible and responsive to emerging needs, through regular reviews with governmental counterparts indicated under each sub-programme. Ongoing dialogue with PSPMOs, UN sister agencies, the donor community and other international actors will also help ensure the continued relevance of UNODC activities. As most of the areas of intervention require cross-border partnerships and cooperation, the programme will help Viet Nam in joining forces with neighbouring countries and other countries within the wider South-east Asia region. In the same spirit, the Government will be assisted in complying with its international obligations under international drug control and crime prevention regimes and in playing an increasingly active and relevant role in international fora.