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Non-resident Agency in Kosovo

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime. Established in 1997 through a merger between the United Nations Drug Control Programme and the Centre for International Crime Prevention, UNODC operates in all regions of the world through an extensive network of field offices. 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.   The three pillars of the UNODC work programme are: 

  • Field-based technical cooperationprojects to enhance the capacity of Member States to counteract illicit drugs, crime and terrorism as well as to expand the knowledge of national stakeholders and experts  on evidence based practices related to drug use prevention and treatment of persons with substance abuse disorders.
  • Research and analytical workto increase knowledge and understanding of drugs, crime and health related issues and expand the evidence base for policy and operational decisions.
  • Normative workto assist States in the ratification and implementation of the relevant international treaties, the development of domestic legislation on drugs, crime and terrorism, and the provision of secretariat and substantive services to the treaty-based and governing bodies

In pursuing its objectives, UNODC makes every effort to integrate and mainstream the gender perspective, particularly in its projects for the provision of alternative livelihoods, as well as those against human trafficking.   The UNODC Regional Programme for South Eastern Europe (2016-2019) is the Office’s key framework for the work with the jurisdictions in the region. It has been designed and developed through an inclusive and participatory consultative process based on the added value of UNODC. UNODC operates in South Eastern Europe against a backdrop of the EU accession processes, and, while building on previous achievements, further supports the region in key areas related to EU accession processes while ensuring effective inter-connectivity between national and regional responses in the wider context of the UNODC’s inter-regional drug control approach. The Regional Programme is working within its three sub-programmes: I. Illicit Drug Trafficking and Transnational Organized Crime II. Justice, Corruption and Terrorism III. Drug Demand Reduction In Kosovo, the UNODC Regional Programme will focus in the future in particular on the areas of anti-money laundering and counter-financing of terrorism, as well as related fields.
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Ekaterina Kolykhalova, Programme Officer Europe Team,

Regional Section for Europe, West and Central Asia Integrated Programme and Oversight Branch,

Division for Operations United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Vienna International Centre,

Room E1474 P.O.Box 500, A-1400, Vienna, Austria Tel.: +43-1-26060-5766 e-mail: