The UNDOC Annual Report 2009 provides an overview of what the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime is doing to help Member States address the threat posed by drugs, crime and terrorism. The report demonstrates that, in an unstable world, the information and expertise provided by UNODC are in high demand (full-text, pdf).
In 2008, UNODC launched a new project to empower crime victims in South Africa. Such work is especially relevant in a country with one of the highest crime rates in the world. A local study shows that one South African woman is killed by her intimate partner every six hours.
With this project, UNODC aims to help build institutional capacity within the Department of Social Development to lead, expand and sustain the victim empowerment programme, improve coordination and co-operation between government departments and civil society
organizations, promote awareness of South Africa’s victim empowerment policies, and to build capacity among civil society organizations to deliver victim empowerment interventions. Crime victims are often not aware of their rights as outlined in the government’s Victim Charter. Through the “16 days of activism to stop violence against women and children” in November and December, UNODC helped raise awareness on victims’ rights and the various services available to them through government andcommunity organizations."
UN Pulse : Permanent Link: UNDOC Annual report 2009