United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

  • Promoting the practical application of the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (the Nelson Mandela Rules)

  • Preventing Illicit Financial Gain from Drug Trafficking and Organized Crime

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime was established in 1997 by combining the United Nations International Drug Control Program and the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Division. Therefore it aims to assist the UN in providing a coordinated and comprehensive response to the related issues of drug trafficking and drug abuse, crime prevention and criminal justice, international terrorism, and political corruption. UNODC works closely with governments and the civil society towards building security and justice in more than 150 countries around the world through its network of field offices.

In this year’s edition of IELMUN, the discussion for the UNODC will be based on prisoner reform and drug trafficking.

Accordingly, the UNODC delegates are expected to find ways to promote the practical application of the United Nations Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly in December 2015. The rules are to be known as “the Nelson Mandela Rules” in order to honour the legacy of the late President of South Africa, who spent 27 years in prison in the course of his struggle for global human rights, equality, democracy and the promotion of a culture of peace.

Furthermore, the delegates are expected to focus on the illicit financial gain from drug trafficking and organized crimes and ways to prevent it, by recognising the undeniable relationship between the state and the organized crime and by truly understanding that relationship is the first step towards its abolishment.