Click HERE for the UNODC topic guide. 

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime is a UN specialized agency tasked with the responsibility of countering international crime and illicit drugs. The UNODC serves as the primary global force in crime prevention, criminal justice reform, terrorism prevention, anti-corruption initiatives, as well as technical assistance and alternative development programmes.


Topic A: Combating the Cocaine Trade in Latin America

Cocaine production, distribution, and consumption remains a large part of the Latin American economy. The prominence of international drug trafficking has merely exacerbated this problem and allowed cocaine’s influence to spread to all corners of the globe.  

Topic B: Fraudulent Medicines

Fraudulent medicines are pharmaceuticals that have an incorrect dosage or lack of dosage of active ingredients or additional, potentially harmful, ingredients. Particularly attractive to transnational organized criminal groups due to their high profitability and low risk, fraudulent medicines are extremely dangerous and therefore, demand the attention of the UNODC.

Topic C: Gender in the Criminal Justice System

A highly controversial subject, women and girls in the criminal justice system face discrimination and lack equitable treatment in all its facets, including within the prison, the prosecution, and the judiciary systems. The gender perspective in the criminal justice system has only recently been brought to the global forefront and necessitates further international legislation and cooperation in advancing this goal.  

Makayla Harmon, UNODC Chair

1) What are your hobbies?

Drawing, painting, creating basically any type of art, reading, writing, and drinking way too much coffee.

2) Why do you participate in Model UN?

Model UN is such an amazing experience. MUN has provided me with invaluable speaking, writing, and debate skills in a challenging yet exciting environment. There truly is no better way to gain global perspective on relevant international issues. But more than anything, I have been able to meet and collaborate with some of the smartest, most dedicated people and form some of the strongest friendships and the longest-lasting memories; and to me, that is the absolute best reason to participate.

3) What would your theme song be?

“Goddess” by Banks.

4) What is your favorite quote?

“We all die. The goal isn't to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.” ― Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted

5) What is your favorite SHSMUN memory?

My favorite memory has to be staying up until 4 in the morning with my delegation during SHSMUN 2016 to polish super resolutions, prep for debate, and talk, only to wake up at 6 in order to get ready for committee and do it all over again. (Honestly, if you’re getting a normal amount of sleep during SHSMUN, you’re doing it wrong).