UN Office of Drugs and Crime

Committee Information

Title: UN Office of Drugs and Crime

Organ: Economic and Social Council Committees and Specialized Agencies

Chair: Kaitlyn Ham

Topic Name: Organized Crime

Topic Summary:

The 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 relies on voluntary contributions, mainly from Governments, for 90 per cent of its budget.

The 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. In this session, the UNODC will be discussing the issues of Organized Crime and Corruption.

Background Guide

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Letter from the Chair

Dear Delegates,

I am beyond excited to welcome you all to the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference India. My name is Kaitlyn Ham and I am a chair for ILMUNC India this year. I cannot wait to begin what is sure to be one of the most stimulating and fun conferences ever!

I am in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Criminology and the interdisciplinary major Philosophy, Politics, and Economics as a part of the class of 2020 with the goal of becoming a civil rights lawyer. I come from a military family as both of my parents spent 20 years in the Navy. You can catch me wearing my favorite Naval Aviation baseball cap while talking about the Blue Angels and rooting for Navy to crush Army in the most important football game of the year. Although, I am a military brat I normally tell people I am form Pensacola, Florida home of the Blue Angels and the best beaches. I became interested in model UN because of the different topics that are discussed and how it is important to take into account different perspectives in order to solve problems. Model UN allows people to try to empathize with other cultures and understand views other than their own. The Model UN world mixes the just right amounts of logic and creativity that will be important in solving real world problems in the future.

I was an assistant- secretary general for the University of Pennsylvania Model United Nations Conference (UPMUNC), our college model UN conference and am the Under- Secretary General for ECOSOC committees for UPMUNC 51. This committee is sure to be engaging and incite constructive debate. I along with the secretariat will be working tirelessly to ensure that this committee ranks among your favorites in your model UN career and your enthusiasm will make it that much better. I cannot wait for what is sure to be an amazing conference!

Kaitlyn Ham
Chair, UN Office of Drugs and Crime