I am very pleased to welcome you to the official website of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Country Office Afghanistan. Our primary aim is to inform you about the activities supported by UNODC in Afghanistan since 1989 and to give you updates on the "Country Programme" and its sub-programmes for Afghanistan.

 

Despite the complex reality in Afghanistan having strong ties between weak law enforcement to monitor (flow of drug money, coordination of criminal organization for money-laundering, corruption, weak governance) and increased activity in the illicit drug, UNODC takes pride in its mandate and presence in Afghanistan, supporting United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime, International Legal Framework on Drug Control, International Legal Framework Against Terrorism and United Nations Standards and Norms in Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.

A fair comparison of domestic economy and drug trade indicates huge profits made of afghan drug trade outside Afghanistan borders. UNODC Country Office for Afghanistan in support of the government of Afghanistan and the international community is working to make an end to impunity of the powerbrokers of the illicit economy and their businesses.

The driven heroin supplies of Afghanistan have strong ties with the external drug demand leading to precursor chemicals trafficked from outside and convert opium to heroin in Afghanistan. High supply levels on the other hand increase demand; today Afghanistan and the neighbouring countries are facing a dilemma of addiction levels skyrocketed in the world unprecedentedly that needs to be addressed if the international community is serious about Afghanistan. The international community and wider region do have an essential role to play in drug demand reduction, according to the principle that 'no country stands alone'.  The drug trade thrives due to the cross border mafia.

Last but not least, to generate change political will is the force and mainstreaming is the crucial element to mentally shift away from dependence on violence and injustice. I believe that many solutions to today's problems are found by teamwork and giving. Our approach is implanting flowers instead of opium. We support 'no life taken by illicit drugs', 'no money generated from narcotics trade', we want nobody left alone, we support rule of law, and we want the world a better place.

 

Andrey Avetisyan,

 

Regional Representative for Afghanistan and Neighbouring Countries 

Special Adviser to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Counter-Narcotics