UN Office on Drugs and Crime Director: Gabrielle Grilli
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) was established in 1997 due to the merger of the United Nations Drug Control Programme and the Centre for International Crime Prevention. The UNODC operates in all areas of the world combating the presence of illicit drugs and international crime. The UNODC has a work programme that consists of the following three pillars: field-based technical cooperation projects, research and analytical work, and normative work. These pillars aim to help member states understand the issues of illicit drugs, crime, and terrorism rather than simply providing them with solutions. The pillars also allow member states to implement technology and to ratify and implement treaties that will aid in preventing these issues. The UNODC also highlights mainstreaming the gender perspective in all its operations. This means that the effects of any planned action are assessed for both men and women. In this committee, delegates will have to develop innovative and cooperative solutions that attempt to deal with the serious issues of wildlife and forest crimes, and exposure of children and adolescents to drug use. These topics are extremely relevant in the world today and should stimulate intelligent and innovative debate. Delegates knowledge on their countries policies, the operations and already implemented initiatives of the UNODC, and relevant non-governmental organizations will be vital to the success of this committee.
Topic 1: Preventing Wildlife and Forest Crimes Topic 2: Preventing the Exposure of Children and Adolescents to Drug Use