UNODC launches the third phase of the 2022-25 country program

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on Friday celebrated the achievements of the second phase of the UNODC country program for Pakistan (2016-2021) and launched its third phase 2022-25.

ISLAMABAD, June 3 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – June 3, 2022): The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on Friday celebrated the achievements of the second phase of the UNODC country program for the Pakistan (2016-2021) and launched its third Phase 2022-25.

The UNODC Country Office in Pakistan (COPAK) welcomed representatives from government, diplomatic corps, civil society and private sector partners to the event held here, according to a press release. .

UNODC COPAK results under the previous country program (CP-II) 2016-2021 included policy-level support, with the development, enactment and approval of bills and laws, and technical and operational level assistance, training more than 40,000 law enforcement personnel through face-to-face courses as well as online courses, also providing equipment and infrastructure to counterparts government, said a press release posted here.

In addition, UNODC supported the establishment of important digital platforms such as Prison Management Information System in 65 prisons in Sindh and Punjab and Case Management Information System to facilitate communication between investigations and prosecutions.

At the launch, the UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Pakistan, Julien Harneis, said UNODC’s work directly supports Member States’ efforts related to SDG 16 “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions” and to SDG 5 “Gender Equality”, which was imperative to promote the rule of law, gender sensitivity in the fight against crime, the improvement of overall governance structures and the promotion of citizen-centred policies for sustainable growth.

Sabino Sikandar Jalal, Acting Secretary of the Ministry of Narcotics Control, said, “Given the complexity and international links of illicit drug trafficking, no country can win this war alone. Concerted efforts by the international community can help combat this threat more effectively.”

In a video message, UNODC Executive Director, Ms. Ghada Waly, expressed her gratitude to all partners who have supported UNODC in Pakistan and shared that the country program is “a vehicle for implementation on measurement of the UNODC Pakistan Strategy 2021-2025 – proposing , scalable and sustainable to provide multifaceted responses to all forms of crime, including gender-responsive programs to achieve the rule of law while promoting human rights “.

During the launch of the new UNODC CP-III 2022-2025, UNODC COPAK Country Representative Dr. Jeremy Milsom unveiled four priority areas in Pakistan.

“Illicit Trafficking and Border Management – assistance to Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) on land/sea border management, countering narcotics and other forms of smuggling, human trafficking and smuggling migrants, and cybercrime.

Criminal justice system and legal reforms � assistance to all agents in the rule of law chain, such as the police and criminal justice institutions, on themes ranging from the fight against corruption, gender-based violence , prison management and money laundering are the priority areas,” it said.

It also included drug demand reduction and grassroots advocacy on HIV/AIDS and community awareness, as well as policy-level support on drug abuse, drug abuse treatment, drug prevention and treatment. HIV/AIDS and opioid substitution.

Prevention and fight against terrorism “Legal support to criminal justice institutions in the fight against terrorism, protection/assistance to victims, prevention of violent extremism, financing of terrorism and international cooperation.” In addition to the four country-level priorities, UNODC COPAK coordinates and integrates regional vehicle activities, the UNODC regional program for Afghanistan and neighboring countries, as well as with many global programs.

The cross-cutting e-learning program also provides government partners with state-of-the-art e-learning modules in English, Urdu and Pashto.

While chatting with the audience, UNODC Goodwill Ambassador to Pakistan, Shehzad Roy said, “I had followed the work of UNODC even before I joined them as a Goodwill Ambassador. , the Agency’s work is commendable; I am a strong supporter of all they do, and underscore their mandate especially under SDG 16 – peace and security – which UNODC prioritizes and is so well known for” – All work they are doing is bound to make Pakistan a safer place.” in partnership and leading the way in our work. He thanked all the donors for their financial support which made it possible to bring about change and make a difference”.

Norma A. Roth