Youth and young people are essential to accomplish UNODC’s mandates of enhancing the rule of law and improving human security, including justice and health priorities. More specifically, UNODC has the mandate to support Member States in youth crime prevention efforts and ensuring that youth and children are better served and protected by justice systems.

As the world enters the Decade of Action to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the participation of young people is imperative to take a good, hard look at the way things are, the way we want them to be and how to create exciting and innovative new pathways for change. The Sustainable Development Goals, including Goal 16 on creating just, peaceful and inclusive societies, cannot be effectively achieved without meaningful youth engagement. 

Youth-Focused Stories

UNODC features young people in many of its publications and stories!


Visit the Youth Resource Page for more information!


UNODC provides a variety of opportunities for young people including internships, UN Volunteer positions, consultant and permanent positions. For more information, visit the UNODC Employment website or the UN Careers website.