About Us

UNODC is a key United Nations entity delivering counter-terrorism technical assistance Member States with their international legal responsibilities to counter terrorism, with a focus on criminal justice responses to terrorism. Since the last review of the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, which is conducted every two years, UNODC delivered 70% of the UN’s counterterrorism technical assistance.
 
We have been working with Member States to counter terrorism since 1999, delivering tailored capacity-building projects since 2002. Located within the Division for Treaty Affairs of UNODC, the Terrorism Prevention Branch serves as a centre of expertise delivering legal and capacity building assistance for Member States. UNODC employs over 100 staff at its Headquarters in Vienna, Austria, and in field offices around the world to plan, deliver, coordinate and manage counter-terrorism programmes.
 
We have trained over 31,000 criminal justice officials on a wide range of counter-terrorism matters. We have also supported the drafting, revision and adoption of 189 pieces of counter-terrorism legislation.
 
The Branch supports the UN’s intergovernmental bodies in their development of international counter-terrorism policy; these bodies include the General AssemblyEconomic and Social Council, the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice and the United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.
 

Mandate

The mandate of UNODC in crime prevention and criminal justice generally, as well as in terrorism prevention specifically are reiterated in relevant resolutions by the UN governing bodies. Our governing bodies are the General AssemblyEconomic and Social Council, the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice and the United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice
 
The most comprehensive resolution reflecting our current mandate was adopted by the General Assembly on Technical assistance provided by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime related to counter-terrorism
 

How can we work together

If you are:

  • a Member State or regional organization and you want to collaborate with us
  • a citizen and you want to support our messages and join us in reaching our ambitions
  • a civil society organization or key influencer that wants to support our work
  • a UN entity or other international organization that wants to develop and implement integrated programmes with us
  • a think tank, school or academic institution that want to connect and network to help translate theory into practice
  • are an institution with funding to support our work

 

please contact us.