UNODC aims to assist Member States in building their capacity, including through criminal justice reforms as appropriate, to respect the rule of law, as well as protect and ensure legal rights that individuals and groups enjoy under domestic and international law. In practice, the Office undertakes efforts to integrate a human rights-based approach in its work, which includes the conscious and systematic integration of human rights in all stages of the programming cycle - strategy setting, programme development, resource mobilization, implementation and monitoring, and evaluation. This includes programming based on the principles of equality and non-discrimination, participation and inclusion, and accountability and the rule of law.
UNODC's global efforts contribute to ensuring access to justice for all and preventing violence, corruption, making the world safer from drugs, terrorism and crime, and promoting health and wellbeing, as well as increasing the knowledge base to make informed decisions on how to effectively advance human rights.
For a more detailed understanding of UNODC's contribution to the protection and promotion of human rights, click on the thematic areas of work listed below.