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Agenda Item

Agenda Item A: Social Media as a Drug and Catalyst for Drug-Related Crimes

About the committee

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The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), established in 1997, serves as a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs, transnational organized crime, corruption, and terrorism. Guided by international conventions and protocols, the UNODC operates on a multifaceted mandate, encompassing drug control, crime prevention, and criminal justice reform. Through strategic initiatives, research, and capacity-building programs, it empowers member states to combat drug-related challenges, strengthen legal frameworks, and foster international cooperation.

In recent years, the proliferation of social media platforms has revolutionized communication, commerce, and social interaction. However, this transformation has not been without its drawbacks. Due to its impact on the brain, the use of social media can be as physically and psychologically addictive as drugs, gambling, or alcohol. Furthermore, social media platforms often employ complex algorithms designed to enhance user engagement, raising the question: does this behaviour differentiate these companies from drug dealers? Additionally, social media has opened new avenues for illicit drug distribution, promotion, and organized crime activities. Recognizing social media as a potential catalyst for drug-related crimes could help address issues such as decreased productivity, depression resulting from excessive exposure to negative news, and the proliferation of drug-related content promoting conventional drugs.

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