The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is mandated to assist Member States in their struggle against illicit drugs, crime and terrorism. In the Millennium Declaration, Member States also resolved to intensify efforts to fight trans-national crime in all its dimensions, to redouble the efforts to implement the commitment to counter the world drug problem and to take concerted action against international terrorism.
UNODC implements the Illicit Crop Monitoring Programme (ICPM), which extensively uses satellite imagery. The objectives of ICMP are to establish methodologies for data collection and analysis, to increase governments' capacity to monitor illicit crops and to assist the international community in monitoring the extent and evolution of illicit crops in the context of the elimination strategy adopted by the Member States at the General Assembly Special Session on Drugs in June 1998. The information provided by the surveys helps guide policy interventions and constitutes an invaluable tool for planning activities to tackle the illicit crops.
The monitoring systems supported by UNODC are tailored to the national contexts and include a strong capacity building element. The direct participation of UNODC in the national monitoring systems ensures the transparency of the survey activities and gives additional credibility to the published results. Through its network of monitoring experts at headquarters and in the field, the Illicit Crop Monitoring Programme ensures the conformity of the national systems with international methodological standards and with the information requirements of the international community. The ICMP facilitates the dissemination of methodological best practices among the national systems, and it assumes a quality control function for the data produced.
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
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Telephone: +43 1 26060 0
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