VIENNA, 26th February 2016 (WAM) — The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has launched its inaugural Annual Funding Appeal, a comprehensive overview of the agency’s current and future programmes which provides a specific breakdown of its funding needs.

The launch of the Annual Appeal in 2016, designed to institutionalise a performance-based dialogue with member states and other funding partners, coincides with a crucial year for the UNODC, following the start of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which is expected to frame the Office’s work for the next 15 years and beyond.

For UNODC, the 2030 Agenda is particularly important as it draws together the strands of peace and security, the rule of law, human rights and development into a comprehensive framework, with the Office’s mandates reflected in many of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

UNODC’s work covers some of today’s most pressing concerns: from drug abuse prevention, drug dependence treatment and criminal justice reform; to tackling organized crime and terrorism; through to addressing corruption and economic crime. However, responding to ever-growing needs in assisting countries across the globe to counter these threats requires stable resources.

” A crucial year lies ahead of us. One that marks the start of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and a transformational process that will undoubtedly alter the way we work for the next 15 years and beyond. For UNODC, the 2030 Agenda is particularly important because it draws together the strands of peace, security, the rule of law, human rights, development and equality into a comprehensive and forward-looking framework,” UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov, said in the appeal.

He noted that UNODC, in all its work, is driven by an overriding desire to assist and support Member States as they confront current and emerging forms of illicit drugs, crime, corruption and terrorism.

Fedotov said progress, if it is to be achieved, must also be measured, and indeed be measurable.

“SDG 16 is no exception and UNODC has a long-standing capacity in researching complex and often hidden phenomena such as organized crime, trafficking in persons, corruption, illicit financial flows, the rule of law and access to justice”, Fedotov added.

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