SCO and UNODC outline further steps to fight drug threa

SCO and UNODC outline further steps to fight drug threa

On 10 July 2019, the UN's Vienna Office hosted a meeting between SCO Secretary-General Vladimir Norov and UNODC Executive Director Yuri Fedotov.

During the meeting, the officials noted that cooperation between the two organisations had increased: together they held a high-level event "The UN and the SCO in the fight against drugs: Cooperation for strengthening international drug control" as part of the 62nd session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs this March, which was praised by the SCO Member States' heads at the Bishkek Summit.

The officials discussed issues related to the practical implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding between the SCO Secretariat and UNODC of 2011 by approving a corresponding joint Action Plan.

Vladimir Norov and Yury Fedotov agreed that the growing drug problem was a serious threat to stability in Eurasia. In this context, both expressed interest in promoting cooperation with other UN agencies as well as international and regional organisations, including by holding trilateral events.

The Secretary-General described the SCO Summit held on 13-14 June 2019 in Bishkek as well as the main provisions of the Working Plan on the implementation of the Action Programme to Implement the SCO Anti-Drug Strategy for 2018-2023 adopted by the SCO Member States' heads.

Yury Fedotov praised the results of the SCO Heads of State Council Meeting, spoke about the work carried out by UNODC to counter the drug threat as

well as the new Global Report on Drugs UNODC published in June and expressed his readiness to step up cooperation with the SCO.

The United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs, founded in 1997, is a UN agency based in Vienna that coordinates efforts to combat illegal drug and weapons trafficking, organised crime, human trafficking and international terrorism.

On 14 June 2011, the Memorandum of Understanding between the Secretariat of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime was signed in Astana. Joint expert-analytical and information work was launched, and joint activities are carried out to promote anti-drug cooperation.