21 December 2008 - UNODC has received an award from the International Council of Jurists for its work to promote the rule of law. The award was presented by the Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh, at a recent conference in New Delhi. It made special mention of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, of which UNODC is the custodian, as an important tool in this work.
Topics discussed at the conference included human rights in the face of international terrorism, terrorism and law, cyber crime and data protection, and strategies to combat drug trafficking, consumption and related problems. About 1000 delegates from across the world participated in the proceedings.
The Chief Justice of India, Justice K G Balakrishnan, chaired the inaugural session, while the Union Minister for Law and Justice, Hansraj Bhardwaj, was the special guest.