Joint actions against drugs discussed in Vienna

The 13th Paris Pact Policy Consultative Group Meeting was held at the UN Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna, Austria, on 1-2 February 2017. The meeting was attended by a delegation from the SCO Secretariat.

Meeting participants discussed measures taken by the partners of the Paris Pact Initiative (PPI) on combatting illicit traffic in opiates originating in Afghanistan, to identify and cut short new drug trafficking routes and channels via Central Asian and Southeast European countries, Iran and Pakistan, redouble efforts against drug trafficking and reduce drug demand in consumer countries.

Meeting participants discussed the results of working group meetings held within the Paris Pact Initiative on strengthening and implementing regional initiatives, detecting and blocking financial flows linked to illicit traffic in opiates, preventing the diversion of precursor chemicals used in illicit opiates manufacturing and reducing drug abuse and dependence through a comprehensive approach.

They noted an exceptionally high practical effect of the targeted steps taken within the PPI to reduce the production and international traffic in opiates.

The meeting was attended by over 100 delegates from 35 countries, including delegations from the SCO member states and seven international organisations.

Since its inception in 2003, the broad international coalition known as the Paris Pact Initiative (PPI) has evolved into one of the most important frameworks for combatting illicit traffic in opiates originating in Afghanistan. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime is the coordinating body of the Paris Pact. The current Phase IV of the project continues to drive forward the three well-established components developed over the preceding phases: the Consultative Mechanism, the Research and Liaison Officer (RLO) Network, and the Automated Donor Assistance Mechanism (ADAM).