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Ongoing methodological work and priority objective of t= he methodological work:=20
=E2=80=A2 Collection, analysis and publication of data from the United N=
ations Survey of Crime Trends and Operations of Criminal Justice Systems. T=
he Survey is conducted in co-operation with the UN Statistics Division, DES=
A and, for countries in Europe, the Statistical Office of the European Comm=
unities. The Survey addresses all manner of national level criminal justice=
: police, courts, prosecution, prisons, and national data collection capaci=
=E2=80=A2 Maintenance of the global homicide statistics databas= e.
=E2=80=A2 Crime data are available at http= ://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/data-and-analysis/crimedata.html.
=E2= =80=A2 Supporting international efforts of comparative analysis, including = serving the secretariat for the CES Task Force on Crime Classification; con= sultations with Eurostat on comparable crime statistics; participation in t= he Expert Group on "Towards comparable information on crime and victim= isation - an EU-wide approach", established by the European Commission= , DG-JLS; Consultations with Interpol on international police crime statist= ics; Consultation with UN Agencies on Expert Group on Crime data Collection= ; participation in the European Sourcebook on Crime and Criminal Justice St= atistics; Consultations with the working groups on the CVS.
=E2=80=A2= Development of methodology to measure types of crime which may not be enti= rely visible in crimes recorded by relevant national authorities such as co= rruption and organized crime.
=E2=80=A2 Support to countries to impro= ve their crime statistics systems.
New activities to be undertaken in the next year:= =20
=E2=80=A2 Finalization of the following regional/global Reports: Global =
Report on Homicides, Crime in Africa, Corruption in the Western Balkans, Th=
e Impact of the financial crises on crime.
=E2=80=A2 National and reg= ional training workshops to improve crime and criminal justice statistic sy= stems in the Western Balkans.
=E2=80=A2 Support to the implementation= of victimization and corruption surveys in requesting countries.
=E2= =80=A2 Establishment of the center of excellence on crime statistics in INE= GI, Mexico with the purpose of supporting countries in the region to improv= e their crime statistics systems and develop a laboratory for developing/im= proving methodology on the conducting of victimization survey and the recor= ding of crime in administrative records.
=E2=80=A2 Develop an on-line= data collection portal on the web to facilitate countries to report their = crime data.
=E2=80=A2 Development of methodologies for improving data= quality and data dissemination.
Ongoing methodological work and Priority objective of t= he methodological work:=20
=E2=80=A2 Ongoing collection, analysis and publication of data on global=
illicit drugs. Covering a period of more than 15 years, the UNODC database=
contains more than 100,000 entries related to various aspects of worldwide=
illicit drug production, trafficking and demand. The data is collected pri=
marily from the Annual Reports Questionnaire (ARQ) received from government=
s and supplemented by other sources, including UNODC surveys in various cou=
ntries. Thousands of new entries are added every year and an effort is now =
being made to search archives and retroactively expand time series. A data-=
matching system involving UNODC, Interpol and WCO is now resulting in impro=
ved data on significant individual seizures cases.
=E2=80=A2 Ongoing = work on the publication series including the World Drug Report, a Bulletin = on Narcotics and Studies on Drugs and Crime monographs.
=E2=80=A2 Ass= essment and analysis of global trends in drugs and crime, for integrated co= mparative analysis.
=E2=80=A2 Assistance to countries to monitor the = cultivation of illicit crops and the production of illicit drugs.
New activities to be undertaken in the next year:= =20
=E2=80=A2 Improvement of the methodology to estimate cocaine production;=
=E2=80=A2 Assistance to undertake drug-use surveys and improve drug = monitoring systems in requesting countries;
=E2=80=A2 National/region= al workshops to improve the international data collection on illicit drugs = through the newly approved ARQ.
Taking into account the experience of the International Crime Victim Sur= vey (ICVS) and the EU International Crime Survey (EUICS), UNODC aims at sup= porting courtiers to implement internationally comparable crime victim surv= eys. It promotes the UNODC-UNECE Manual on victim surveys and provide techn= ical support to requesting countries. Development of methodology in the are= a of both general population and sector-specific corruption and anti-corrup= tion surveys.=20
Based on previous business surveys (International Commercial Crime Surve= y, 1994-96 and International Crime Business Survey, 2000) and within the fr= amework of the recent cooperation agreement with the UN Industrial Developm= ent Organization (UNIDO), UNODC has produced a questionnaire and methodolog= y for international standardized Crime and Corruption Business Surveys (CCB= S). The questionnaire addresses bribery/ corruption, fraud, extortion and s= everal forms of crime, which impact on business and industry. Pilot surveys= were conducted in 2005/06 Bulgaria and Canada with small samples of busine= sses. Results were analyzed in view of further refining the methodology, as= sessing the average length of interviews, and addressing any problems encou= ntered (language, sensitive issues, etc...).=20