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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

UNODC Data portal includes:

1. Annual Data series on:

- Homicide and other criminal offences (last updated on 19 May 2017)

- Criminal justice operations and resources (last updated on 19 May 2017)

- Drug use and health consequences (last updated on 27 June 2017)

- Drug Prices (last updated on 27 June 2017)

- Drug seizures (last updated on 27 June 2017)

2. Other Data

- Crime Victimization Surveys - Data and Metadata(2004-2014)

- Persons held in Prisons (2010-2014)

- Administration of Justice (2011-2013)

- Statistics on Extradition and Mutual Legal Assistance (2010-2012)

- Persons held in Prisons (2010-2012)

- Environmental Crime (2006-2011)

- Drug-related crime (2003-2008 )

3. Metadata

UN-CTS Metadata (2014 - 2015) 

Historical Data

- Crime and Criminal Justice (1970 -2002)

Data Sources 

Annual Data Collections

- Drug Statistics: through the Annual Report Questionnaire(ARQ) and Individual Drug Seizures (IDS)

- Crime and criminal justice Statistics: through the annual Survey on Crime Trends and Operations of Criminal Justice Systems (UN-CTS).

- Illicit firearms trafficking statistics, through the Illicit Arms Flow Questionnaire (IAFQ)


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

- Better Data to Monitor Violence, Trafficking, Corruption and Access to Justice (Brochure)

- International classification of crimes for statistical purposes (ICCS) (2015)

- Latin America and the Caribbean Crime Victimization Survey Initiative -Nuclear Questionnaire(2016) - English, French, Spanish

- Latin America and the Caribbean Crime Victimization Survey Initiative -Optional Crimes Questionnaire(2016) - English, French, Spanish

- Manual on victimization surveys (2010) - English. French, Spanish, Russian

- Development of Monitoring Instruments for Judicial and Law Enforcement Institutions in the Western Balkans (2010) - English

- Manual for the Measurement of Juvenile Justice indicators (2006) English, French, Spanish

- Manual for the Development of a System of Criminal Justice Statistics (2003)- Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish


- 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


29-31 October 2019, Third Regional Meeting on Crime and Criminal Justice Statistics, Chengdu, China


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

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

7-8 June 2018Joint 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 RegionVenue: 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





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.


Previous projects:

- Justice and home affairs statistics systems in the Western Balkans

- Data for Africa