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date: 20 October 2019

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This chapter surveys the institutions, mandates, norms, and rules that comprise UN action in the fields of crime prevention, criminal justice, drug control, and transnational organized crime. These measures have assumed more prominence on the international agenda over time, as member states have sought collaborative responses to common problems, while advancing their interests to influence the form and substance of cooperation. The UN’s contribution is vital given the persistent challenge that criminal non-state actors pose not only to states but also the international system. The overarching objectives of UN action on crime and criminal justice are not merely to prevent and suppress crime and punish offenders but also proactively to nurture the development of ‘responsible statehood.’

Keywords: crime prevention, criminal justice, drug control, transnational organized crime, UNODC, global prohibition regimes

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