United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on Drug Trafficking
Drug trafficking is a global illicit trade involving the cultivation, manufacture, distribution and sale of substances which are subject to drug prohibition laws. UNODC is continuously monitoring and researching global illicit drug markets in order to gain a more comprehensive understanding of their dynamics. Drug trafficking is a key part of this research.
United Nations International Drug Control Treaties related to drug trafficking:
Commission on Narcotic Drugs and the International Narcotics Control Board
The Commission on Narcotic Drugs is the central policy-making body with regard to drug-related matters, including the monitoring of the global trends of illicit drug trafficking and abuse.
The International Narcotics Control Board gathers information on illicit trafficking, and submits an annual report on developments in the world situation to the Commission on Narcotic Drugs and to the Economic and Social Council.
UNODC has an important role in assisting these bodies in performing their treaty-based functions, and in assisting States Parties in the implementation of their obligations under the international drug control treaties.
UNODC Legal Library on Drug Control
The UNODC-WCO Container Control Programme (CCP)
The Container Control Programme, launched in 2003, was developed jointly by UNODC and the World Customs Organization (WCO) to assist governments to create sustainable enforcement structures in selected sea ports in order to minimize the risk of shipping containers being exploited for illicit drug trafficking, transnational organized crime and other forms of black market activity.
World Drug Campaign
UNODC is leading the global World Drug Campaign to raise awareness about the major challenge that illicit drugs represent to society as a whole, and especially to the young. The goal of the campaign is to mobilize support and inspire people to act against drug use.
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