UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

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UNODC is a global leader in the fight against international crime, and is mandated to assist member states in their struggle against illicit drugs, crime, and terrorism.

UNODC Programme in Yemen falls under the Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa. Under its Programme for Drug Prevention, Crime Control and Criminal Justice Reform for the Arab States, UNODC supports the efforts through three sub-programmes: 1) countering illicit trafficking, organized crime and terrorism; 2) promoting justice and building integrity, and; 3) drug prevention and health. UNODC assisted the Government of Yemen in establishing the Strategy on Drug Control, Crime Prevention, and Criminal Justice Reform 2013- 2015.

The strategy is focused on four inter-dependent areas of work, namely: 1) countering illicit trafficking and organized criminal networks; 2) criminal justice reform and integrity; 3) strengthening criminal justice responses to terrorism, and; 4) drug prevention and health. UNODC is assisting the Yemeni authorities in the development of legal and institutional framework to combat human trafficking, and to fight terrorism. It also aims at fostering Yemen’s capacity to participate in international cooperation in criminal matters, and at promoting closer regional cooperation.