The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
UNODC is a global leader in the struggle against illicit drugs and transnational organized crime. It is committed to achieving health, security and justice for all by tackling such global threats, and by delivering legal and technical assistance to prevent terrorism.
Within the UN System, UNODC possesses significant comparative advantages for offering a comprehensive response to terrorism. In particular, it combines a range of expertise in the related areas of crime prevention and criminal justice, rule of law, drug control, transnational organized crime, money laundering, corruption and related international cooperation in criminal matters, with operational field-level capacity.
In partnership with national and international partners, including civil society organizations and other UN Agencies, UNODC assists countries to achieve universal access to comprehensive, evidence-informed, public health-oriented and human rights-centred HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services for people who use drugs and for people who live and work in prison settings.
The Regional Office for Central Asia (ROCA) assists the five Central Asian States in reducing the use and trade of illicit drugs, in fighting organized crime, and in preventing and prosecuting terrorism. The Regional Office is located in Tashkent and has sub-offices in Astana and Almaty (Kazakhstan), Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan), Dushanbe (Tajikistan), Ashgabat (Turkmenistan) and Baku (Azerbaijan).
With a population of over 30 million, Uzbekistan is the most populous country in Central Asia, and its role in the region's stability is pivotal. Reflecting this, UNODC has been in Uzbekistan since 1993 and has helped to develop the country by addressing issues that affect the security, safety and health of its population, particularly its young people. Overall, development is unsustainable unless issues of drug trafficking and abuse, organized crime, corruption and terrorism are effectively addressed.
II. Main Areas of Work
In May 2015 a new UNODC Programme for Central Asia 2015-2019 was signed and officially launched by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs/high-level officials of the five Central Asian States. It builds on previous UNODC assistance within the sub-region and aims to deliver results in an integrated, comprehensive manner. With a projected five-year budget of US$70 million, the Central Asia Programme aims to enhance both national-level capabilities within the Central Asian States, as well as to develop increasing sub-regional cooperation between them.
This Programme consists of four sub-programmes: (i) countering transnational organized crime and illicit drug trafficking, and preventing terrorism; (ii) criminal justice, crime prevention and integrity; (iii) drug prevention, treatment and reintegration and HIV prevention; and (iv) research and trend analysis. It is aligned with the United Nations Development Assistance Frameworks (UNDAFs) for each State, including Uzbekistan’s UNDAF 2016-2020. Programme objectives directly feed into the various UNDAFs, mainly in support of rule of law, good governance and health outcomes. The Programme also establishes a linkage between its stated objectives and the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For Uzbekistan, the main areas of work include:
Illicit drug trafficking
To help Uzbekistan tackle the negative effects of this illicit trade, UNODC has assisted national law enforcement agencies to improve border control and increase their operational anti-trafficking capacity.
Crime, terrorism prevention and human trafficking
Focusing on crime prevention and human trafficking, UNODC supports the Government in its efforts to strengthen anti-human trafficking legislation, while also training law enforcement and criminal justice officials to establish and maintain a human trafficking database. It works to facilitate regional and international cooperation. In addition, UNODC has assisted the Government to strengthen its legal regime against terrorism, by promoting the ratification and implementation of UN Conventions and Protocols and relevant Security Council Resolutions against terrorism.
Drug abuse prevention
To address the problems of drug abuse and HIV, UNODC has initiated programmes designed to enhance national capacity in the prevention of drug abuse, through providing treatment and support services to drug-dependent persons and reducing the spread of HIV among injecting drug users and individuals in prison settings.
Effective data analysis
UNODC also has assisted Uzbekistan in the development of drug information collection and analysis. This has been achieved by installing national drug trafficking intelligence analysis systems in agencies with drug control responsibilities, and by linking the country to the regional information collection and dissemination centre.
CARICC, the Central Asian Regional Information and Coordination Centre, is an additional example of UNODC's work in the region. Established along the lines of the European Union’s Law enforcement agency Europol, the Centre’s purpose is to facilitate information exchange and analysis while assisting coordination of operational activities of the region’s law enforcement agencies (police, drug control agencies, customs, border guards, other services).
III. Contact Information
30-A, Abdulla Kahhor Street, Tashkent, 100100, Uzbekistan
Tel. +998 (71) 120-80-50
Fax: +998 (71) 120-62-90
Representative: Ms. Ashita Mittal , UNODC Representative for Central Asia