Lockdown Learners | Series in India by UNODC
GS Paper II – Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate.
Context: The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) has rolled out a ‘Lockdown Learners’ series in India under its flagship “Education for Justice” initiative.
Key Highlights about the Lockdown Learners Series
- The ‘Lockdown Learners’ series emphasizes on COVID-19 and its impact on Sustainable Development Goals, peace and rule of law.
- The series provides students a stage at which they can receive mentorship and knowledge support via activity-based learning, and make use of their talent as well as skills to spread awareness and advance their ideas and solutions to address these problems.
- It aims to aware students on problems of vulnerable groups as well as emerging issues like gender-based violence, misinformation, cybercrime, discrimination, corruption etc.
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What is “Education for Justice” Initiative of UNODC?
- The Education for Justice (E4J) initiative of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) seeks to prevent crime and promote a culture of lawfulness through education activities designed for primary, secondary and tertiary levels.
- These activities help educators teach the next generation to better understand and address problems that can undermine the rule of law and encourage students to actively engage in their communities and future professions in this regard.
- A set of products and activities for the primary and secondary levels is being developed in partnership with UNESCO.
About United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC)
- The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime is a United Nations office that was established in 1997 as the Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention.
- It was formed by combining the United Nations International Drug Control Program (UNDCP) and the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Division in the United Nations Office at Vienna.
- It is a member of the United Nations Development Group and was renamed the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in 2002.
- In 2016–2017 it has an estimated biannual budget of US$700 million.
- The Agency has its headquarters in Vienna, Austria.
Following are the list of main themes dealt by UNODC:
- Alternative Development
- Criminal Justice
- Prison Reform and Crime Prevention
- Drug Prevention -Treatment and Care
- HIV and AIDS
- Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling
- Money Laundering
- Organized Crime
- Terrorism Prevention
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