Drug and Crime Prevention
The International Community Faces Many Challenges
Challenges such as money-laundering, smuggling of arms, hazardous waste or illegal migrants cannot be controlled or prevented by one country alone. Drug cartels and other actors of the "uncivil society" have taken over sizeable parts of legitimate business in many regions of the world. New drugs flood the markets. Proceeds of crime undermine legitimate economic and administrative structures. Transnational organized crime with all its dangerous facets has become a truly global challenge.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), which has its headquarters in Vienna, is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime. Established in 1997, UNODC has approximately 500 staff members worldwide. UNODC is mandated to assist Member States in their struggle against illicit drugs, crime and terrorism.
In the Millennium Declaration, Member States also resolved to intensify efforts to fight transnational crime in all its dimensions, to redouble the efforts to implement the commitment to counter the world drug problem and to take concerted action against international terrorism.