One of the key tasks of UNODC is to produce and disseminate accurate statistics on drugs, crime and criminal justice at the international level. UNODC also works to strengthen national capacities to produce, disseminate and use drugs, crime and criminal justice statistics within the framework of official statistics.


UNODC regularly updates global statistical series on crime, criminal justice, drug trafficking and prices, drug production, and drug use. These data are available at UNODC Data Portal

Methodology & Standards

A number of statistical standards and recommendations are developed by UNODC in the field of crime, criminal justice and illicit drugs in collaboration with national experts and relevant international organizations. The objective is to enhance the comparability of statistics at international level and to support countries in their efforts to produce national statistics on drugs, crime and criminal justice.

Crime & Criminal Justice
  • Methodologies, including evidence-based approaches, for assessing areas of special vulnerability to corruption in the public and private sectors (2010) - English
  • Quantitative approaches to assess and describe corruption and the role of UNODC in supporting countries in performing such assessments (2009) - English
Drug Statistics
  • Guidance for the measurement of drug treatment demand - Toolkit Module 8 (2006) - English
  • Ethical Challenges in drug epidemiology: issues, principles and guidelines - Toolkit Module 7 (2004) - Arabic, English, Spanish, Russian
  • Focus Assessment Studies: A Qualitative Approach to Data Collection - Toolkit Module 6 (2004) - English
  • Conducting School Survey on Drug Abuse - Toolkit Module 3 (2003) - Arabic, English, French, Spanish, Russian
  • Estimating prevalence: Indirect methods for estimating the size of the drug problem - Toolkit Module 2 (2003) - English
  • Drug information Systems: Principles, structures and indicators - Toolkit Module 1 (2000) - English


28-30 August 2019, Second Expert Working Group on improving drug statistics and strengthening the Annual Report Questionnaire (ARQ)

20-22 June 2018, Second Expert Meeting on Statistical Methodologies for Measuring Illicit Financial Flows Venue: Geneva, Switzerland

7-8 June 2018, Joint Second Meeting of UN-CTS Focal Points and ICCS Technical Advisory Group, Venue: Lima, Peru

29-31 January 2018, Expert Working Group on Improving Drug Statistics and Strengthening the Annual Report Questionnaire (ARQ), Venue: Vienna, Austria

12 -14 December 2017, UNODC-UNCTAD Expert Consultation on the SDG Indicator on Illicit Financial Flows (IFF), Venue: Vienna, Austria

5 - 7 December 2017, Training Course on the Implementation of the ICCS in the Asia-Pacific Region, Venue: Daejeon, Republic of Korea

21-24 November 2017, Pacific Regional Workshop on Monitoring SDG 16, Venue: Nadi, Fiji

4-6 April, 2017: Second Meeting of the Task Force on Corruption Measurement, Venue: Vienna, Austria

14-16 November 2016: Second Regional Meeting on Crime and Criminal Justice Statistics: Development of crime and criminal justice statistics and their contribution for SDG monitoring in Asia Pacific, Venue: Seoul, Republic of Korea

12-14 October 2016: Meeting of Task Force on Corruption Measurement, Venue: Vienna, Austria

3- 11 June 2016 : 3 rd International Conference on Governance, Crime and Justice Statistics, Venue: Mérida, Mexico

9-11 May 2016 : Global Meeting of focal points of the United Nations Survey of Crime Trends and Operational of Criminal Justice System (UN-CTS), Venue: Vienna, Austria

12 - 13 May 2016 : Technical Advisory Group Meeting on International Classification of Crime for Statistical Purposes (TAG-ICCS), Venue: Vienna, Austria

Capacity building

Measuring SDG16 Webinar Series

Several countries in Africa have included SDG 16 in the national development framework, thus recognising the importance to address peace, justice and inclusion as part of sustainable development. However, reporting on progress on SDG 16 indicators, which has been a challenge globally, also remains limited in the region. Insufficient availability and quality of statistical information on SDG16 remains and directly hampers the capacity to implement the 2030 Agenda, as it prevents countries from generating evidence-based and effective policy responses to justice, security and governance challenges.

Statistical Information on Government, Crime, Victimization and Justice is joint project by UNODC and the Statistical Office of Mexico (INEGI) that contributes to the development of methodologies and best practices in the area of crime and criminal justice statistics. It provides technical assistance and training for countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean.

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