UNODC is an acronym for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Headquartered in Vienna, Austria, it was originally established as the Office for Drug Control and Prevention in 1997 and renamed the UNODC in 2002. It has 20 field offices that assist more than 150 countries.
The UNODC helps combat drugs, organized crime, corruption, and terrorism by offering practical assistance and long-term strategies. It educates people about the dangers of drug abuse, offers farmers alternatives to cultivating illicit drugs, and works to improve crime prevention and reform criminal justice systems by strengthening the rule of law, stabilizing court systems, and combating transnational organized crime and corruption.
One method UNODC uses to raise awareness of these issues is a series of international campaigns. For instance, June 26 has been designated as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, in which the UNODC promotes science-based measures to prevent drug use. On December 9th each year, UNODC commemorates the International Anti-Corruption Day, sponsoring informational brochures, posters, etc.
Another function of the UNODC is to work with law-enforcement agencies to help them learn how to obtain and preserve evidence to help convict smugglers of both drugs and human beings. It also helps law enforcement deal with criminal aspects related to drug trafficking, such as money laundering, cybercrime, and piracy.