Chair: Jailyn Holt
Secretary: Carington Gaskin
UNODC is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime. Established in 1997 through a merger between the United Nations Drug Control Programme and the Centre for International Crime Prevention, UNODC operates in all regions of the world through an extensive network of field offices.
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 transnational 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.
1. Global cocaine trade
Drug trafficking is a global illicit trade involving the cultivation, manufacture, distribution and sale of substances which are subject to drug prohibition laws. UNODC is continuously monitoring and researching global illicit drug markets in order to gain a more comprehensive understanding of their dynamics. Drug trafficking is a key part of this research. Delegates will need to pinpoint major cocaine distribution chains in order to cease further
2. Combating modern forms of slavery
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) stated that, human trafficking is the act of gathering, moving, receiving, or keeping human beings by threat, force, coercion, or deception, for exploitative purposes. This includes “the exploitation of prostitution of other or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.” The human trafficking industry has been recognized as one of the three most lucrative criminal activities in the world. Unprivileged individuals often fall victims to with stratagems in becoming prostitutes, mendicant, or impoverished labor force. Human trafficking has thus been condemned as illegal business, in which two million people are enslaved annually with 500 000 people are objects of trafficking in Europe.
3. Terrorism PreventionAround the world, acts of terrorism continue to pose major threats to the UN’s efforts of international peace and security. In addition to the devastating cost of human life, those lost or permanently altered, by terrorism, acts of terrorism destabilizes a government’s social and economic development. Addressing this threat is much more difficult given the complexity and constant evolutionary nature of this activity. A terrorist’s motives, methods, and targets of attack are constantly changing as well as the source of funding. Terrorists are always in need of financial support to recruit and maintain the operations of their organization. In many cases and with respect to this committee, the illicit drug trade is the main source of financial support for terrorist groups. Delegates should remember the primary support pillar for terrorism is financial stability. With the drug trade, terrorist groups are able to stabilize their efforts. In committee, solutions to penetrate the drug trade in order to cease support lines to terrorist groups.