United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

PO Box 500
1400 Vienna

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is a global leader in the struggle against illicit drugs and transnational organized crime, and the United Nations lead programme on terrorism. Established in 1997, UNODC has over 1,500 staff working at the national, regional and global levels through a network of 54 field and project offices, as well as liaison offices in New York and Brussels. UNODC works to inform the world about the dangers of drug abuse and to strengthen international action against drug production, trafficking and drug-related crime. UNODC also works to improve crime prevention and to assist with criminal justice reform in a number of countries. UNODC works with Member States to strengthen the rule of law, promote stable and viable criminal justice systems and combat the growing threats of transnational organized crime and corruption. UNODC bases its work on the three pillars of research and analytical work, normative work to assist States in the ratification and implementation of international treaties, and the development of domestic legislation on drugs, crime and terrorism, and field-based technical cooperation projects.

In the area of violence prevention and response, UNODC works together with other United Nations entities to provide the evidence needed to design effective violence prevention and reduction initiatives. UNODC recognizes, in particular, the value multi-sectoral cooperation and an evidence-based approach to targeting the risk factors that lead to violence.

VPA focal person

Estela Maris Deon
Tel: +43 1 26060-5504

Estela Máris Deon is currently the officer in charge of crime prevention within the Justice Section of UNODC. She is responsible for developing UNODC's programme on crime prevention; providing advisory and technical support for the development of crime prevention initiatives, programmes, and projects; mainstreaming crime prevention in the work of UNODC; improving knowledge exchange on best practices in crime prevention; and supporting States to develop new standards and norms. In this capacity, she has supervised the development of crime and recidivism prevention tools and handbooks, developed technical assistance projects, and serviced intergovernmental processes for the development of new standards.

During her 23 years at UNODC, she has acquired extensive experience in a number of other areas, including illicit drug trafficking, developing alternatives to the cultivation of illicit crops, and criminal justice. Prior to joining UNODC, she worked as a civil servant in the education and banking sectors in Brazil. A Brazilian national, Ms. Deon holds a Master of Arts in Social Sciences and a Postgraduate Diploma in Development Management from the Open University (United Kingdom), and a Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from the Pontificia Universidade Católica de Campinas (Brazil).