The United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) was created in 1968 to assist intergovernmental, governmental and non-governmental organizations in formulating and implementing improved policies in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice.
UNICRI's major goals include advancing security, serving justice and building peace. The activities of UNICRI tackle major concerns in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice, such as corruption, security governance and counter-terrorism and organized crime (in particular, trafficking of human beings as well as illicit drugs).
UNICRI has been structuring its work programmes and modus operandi to make them responsive to the needs of the international community. The UNICRI Applied Research Programme is organized in four main work areas: Emerging Crimes and Anti-Human Trafficking; Security Governance and Counter Terrorism Laboratory; Justice Reform and Post-Graduate Training.
UNICRI became a part of the United Nations Counter Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF) established by the Secretary-General in July 2005, in an attempt to ensure coordinated and coherent efforts across the UN system to counter terrorism. Other areas of intervention are, inter alia, violence, both domestic and in the workplace; environmental and cyber crimes; protection of victims and cultural heritage.
The UNICRI Documentation/Information Center supports the Institute's research, training and field operations, and serves the PNIs. The Library's collection includes works on multidisciplinary aspects of crime prevention and criminal justice, including terrorism, drug abuse and trafficking. It amounts to more than 20.000 monographs, journals and yearbooks.