Youth & UNODC

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 engaging youth in crime prevention efforts and in evidence-based drug use prevention as well as ensuring that youth and children are better served and protected by justice systems. Furthermore, the UNODC 2021-2025 Strategy highlights the empowerment of youth and young people as a cross-cutting commitment of the Organization.  

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 3 on good health and well-being and Goal 16 on creating just, peaceful and inclusive societies - cannot be effectively achieved without meaningful youth engagement.

"Unleashing the energy and potential of the largest, most connected generation of youth in history represents our best hope for recovering better from the COVID-19 crisis and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals."

- Ms. Ghada Waly, Executive Director of UNODC


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