United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime Law and Legal Definition

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is a United Nations agency established to assist the UN in better addressing a coordinated, comprehensive response to the interrelated issues of illicit trafficking in and abuse of drugs, crime prevention and criminal justice, international terrorism, and corruption. It is a UNODC is a global leader in the battle against illicit drugs and international crime.

The UNDOC, originally known as the Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention and was established in 1997 through a merger between the United Nations Drug Control Programme and the Centre for International Crime Prevention. In 2002, it was renamed as United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

The UNODC operates in all parts of the world through a wide network of field offices. It assists its member states in their struggle against illicit drugs, crime and terrorism.