UN Office on Drugs and Crime celebrates 20 years
| Updated Sep 15, 2017 at 6:02am
UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Executive Director Yury Fedotov (centre) participated in a special event in Vienna on 14 September 2017 for UNODC's 20th anniversary. Photo: UNODC.
Helping justice take root is essential for preventing conflict, promoting international peace and security, and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
That was the message delivered by UN Secretary-General António Guterres in a video message on Thursday commemorating the 20th anniversary of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
Mr. Guterres also expressed pride about the support UNODC provides to countries to tackle what he described as "the interlinked problems" of drugs, organized crime, terrorism and corruption.
In a speech delivered at an event in Vienna to mark the day, UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedetov observed that two decades ago, there was no globally agreed definition of crimes such as human trafficking, while corruption was not always considered a criminal offence.
He said today, conventions and other measures addressing crime and corruption have been ratified by nearly every country in the world, though he acknowledged that these threats are always evolving and emerging.