Origin and Primary Mandate
The United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) goal is to stop the spread and trafficking of illegal drugs and prevent transnational crime.
Its main aims are to bolster member countries against transnational and drug crimes through fieldwork, research and the empowerment of the member countries it supports.
The agency stands strong and is extremely necessary when it becomes apparent that stopping transnational crime, such as illegal drug or human trafficking is impossible without the co-operation of member countries as these types of crimes are in fact borderless and would be nearly impossible to stop without a coordinated effort from all the countries involved.
UNODC is also active in its effort to create legislation that can help in curtailing transnational crimes such as human trafficking and the criminal gangs that conduct these types of crimes. The convention that was created allowed member states to properly prosecute those organisations with ease.
The obvious weakness of the UNODC is that it is funded and fully reliant on member countries for support in their operations. The burden is not that they have to change policies for each member country the problem is securing joint cooperation between countries. So although the UNODC can offer their assistance to member countries some member countries like Iran can still choose to prosecute criminals any way they choose and since they more often than not choose capital punishment and the UNODC receives criticism because it has not done enough to prevent human rights issues like this from occurring.
Although that being said the UNODC has been greeted with mostly success in imposing it’s sanctions on transnational crime in the majority of its member countries, it’s very clear and concise in its methods and goals and more than that it has shown it has the willingness of its conviction to rid those that cooperate with the organization to ride member countries of transnational crime.
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Amnesty International. Addicted to Death: Executions for Drug Offences in Iran. United Kingdom: Amnesty International, 2011. Print.
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