In the fields of crime prevention and criminal justice cooperation, partnerships are developed through formal and informal mechanisms at global, regional and local levels.
This cooperation increases the capacity to provide a effective technical assistance, produce quality tools and publications and facilitate the successful implementation of projects and programmes.
To prevent crime in urban space, various programmes and initiatives are carried out jointly with the Safer Cities Programme of UN-HABITAT. UNODC also cooperates closely with the Institutes comprising the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network (PNI), in particular with the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime (ICPC) and United Nations Latin American Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (ILANUD).
UNDOC is also a partner in the UN Armed Violence Prevention Programme (AVPP) together with UNDP, WHO, UNICEF, UN-HABITAT, and UNODA. The overall objective of the AVPP is to promote effective responses to armed violence through support for the development of an international policy framework founded on a clear understanding of the causes, nature and impacts of armed violence, and best practices generated from violence reduction and prevention initiatives to date.
UNODC specific contributions to the AVPPare in the areas of crime data (victimization surveys), and crime prevention and criminal justice reform. Through AVPP and at the policy level, UNODC contributes to the works of the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development, and the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which is actively involved in establishing programming guidelines on armed violence prevention. More recently, the Office supported the work which led to the endorsement of the Oslo Commitments on Armed Violence - Achieving the Millennium Development Goals. At the operational level, in late 2010 UNODC actively participated in, and contributed to AVPP's scoping mission to Jamaica, which resulted in the development of a multi-UN Agency programme with the overall goal of strengthening Jamaica's national capacity to reduce crime and armed violence. Other AVPP focus countries are being considered for multi-UN agencies missions in 2011 and beyond.