Ongoing Projects

GLO/G80 - "Container Control Programme (CCP) - Turkmenistan Segment"

In the international trade supply chain approximately 90% of the world's cargo is containerized and more than 400 million containersare moved globally every year. The focus of the UNODC Container Control Programme is to assist law enforcement agencies indeveloping countries to identify and inspect the high-risk containers. The improved capacities in the control of containers will prevent the use of sea containers for illicit purposes such as trafficking of drugs, weapons, explosives, human beings or terrorist acts. The selected ports in the programme will undergo detailed assessments to identify the training needs and the requirements of technical equipment. Improved cooperation between the law enforcement agencies will be promoted through jointly arranged training workshops and Port Control Units will be established. Experts from modern Customs administrations will train the law enforcement officials in the Port Control Units. The trainers will act as mentors and monitor the work progress of the Port Control Units. The law enforcement officials trained in the UNODC Container Control programme will be encouraged to establish a close cooperation withthe trade and business community operating in the port and, additionally, develop a closer cooperation and information exchangemechanisms with foreign law enforcement officials including the other countries in the project.


GLO/Y09 - "Paris Pact Initiative, Phase IV: A Partnership to Combat Illicit Traffic in Opiates Originating in Afghanistan 

Launched on the 10th anniversary of the Initiative, Phase IV of the Paris Pact programme builds on the achievements of previous phases and seeks to implement the recommendations of the evaluation of Phase III as well as to enhance synergies and increase cooperation with all Paris Pact partners including UNODC. With the Vienna Declaration, the outcome document of the Third Ministerial Conference of the Paris Pact Partners (Vienna, 16 February 2012), the partnership adopted a roadmap for strengthened cooperation in four main areas: regional initiatives; financial flows linked to illicit traffic in opiates; preventing the diversion of precursor chemicals; and reducing drug abuse and dependence. Phase IV of the Paris Pact 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 (formerly known as the National Strategic Analysts Network), and Information Management through the Paris Pact supported online tools, Automated Donor Assistance Mechanism (ADAM) and Drugs Monitoring Platform (DMP). UNODC through the Paris Pact Coordination Unit (PPCU) continues to act in its capacity as a coordinator in support of the partnership and the realization of its goals. Activities are supported, promoted and facilitated by the PPCU based in the Vienna UNODC Office and simultaneously through the RLO Network at the field level and with the assistance of the information sharing platforms ADAM and DMP to successfully link the policy and operational elements of the PPI. For further information see:


RER/H22 - "Establishment of the Central Asia Regional Information and Coordination Center" (CARICC)"

The project was launched in late 2004 and the decision of breaking the project into phases was taken based on the need to introducea step-by-step implementation of the activities of the project and due to the limited funding at that time. Consequently, during the first phase of the project, a regional expert group comprising a representative from each participating State, was established. It addressed the issues related to the development of the institutional documents, the identification and selection of the Centrepremises. 
The second phase of the project initiated the renovation of the premises, the selection and the recruitment process of the staff from the law enforcement agencies of the participating countries to the Centre, and provision of the equipment together with other logistical and expert advice. After the finalisation of the preparatory phases there was a need for full scale project implementation. This included supporting CARICC activities, providing training to the staff of the Centre and liaison officers, supporting its operations and capacity building efforts, as well as promoting cooperation of the Centre both with national authorities and at regional and international levels. Due to the success of the activities within the two phases of the project additional funding from donors was provided, which allowed for the extension of the project until the end of 2011.

RER/V10 - "Sub-programme 4 of the Regional Programme on Afghanistan and Neighbouring Countries - Trends and Impacts"

UNODC has demonstrated the ability to deliver novel insights into narcotics and related crime issues in the region and has also serveda coordination function in bringing together information from numerous other official sources and disseminating this to partners. Nonetheless, there is a wide scope to enhance trends analysis and impact monitoring capacity at the regional level. 
Sub-Programme 4 will aim to do so through three primary activities: a) Improve data collection in the region, including the mechanisms for sharing it; b) generate new guidance for operations and policy; and c) establish a framework for monitoring counter-narcotics interventions, which will serve partners' evaluation and learning cycles as well as UNODC's own.

XAC/K22 - "Countering the trafficking of Afghan opiates via the northern route by enhancing the capacity of key border crossings points (BCPs) and through the establishment of Border Liaison Offices (BLOs)"

The total volume of opiates smuggled from Afghanistan along the so called "Northern Route" encompassing Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, has soared since 1999. Today, 25 % of all heroin smuggled from Afghanistan transits the "Northern Route", posing a particular threat to Europe and the Russian Federation. Concerted efforts are required to build capacities at the Central Asian Border Crossing Points (BCPs), enhance the level of expertise of officers at these crossings and to establish working, intelligence-sharing and communications mechanisms between agencies employed there. The Border Liaison Office (BLO) concept is seen as being a cornerstone to achieve this objective within the Central Asian Republics and extending to increased communication with counterparts in Afghanistan


TAJ/E24 -"Strengthening control along the Tajik/Afghan border"

Tajikistan is an essential country for the illicit trafficking of opiates from Afghanistan. Although the Republic has made significant improvements in the tightening of border security, substantial technical assistance and financial support are required to maintain and augment these efforts. This project was designed to improve the capacity of the Tajik border guards and other law enforcement agencies and as well as the border units posted in the most sensitive areas at the border between Tajikistan and Afghanistan to identify and intercept drug trafficking. Although the project implementation has strengthened border control in Tajikistan, not all of the initial project objectives were achieved due to insufficient funding and time constraint.


KGZ/K50 - "Strenghthening the State Service on Drug Control of the Kyrgyz Republic - Phase I"

The Kyrgyz Republic is a key transit route for the trafficking of Afghan opiates travelling north out of Afghanistan. In particular, the city of Osh is recognised as being an important drug trade hub along the Northern Route. UNODC formerly supported the development of a Drug Control Agency (DCA) in Kyrgyzstan (project AD/KYR/G64), that was closed in late 2009.
In August 2010, the new President issued a decree establishing a new State Service on Drug Control and personally requested technical assistance from UNODC in a meeting with the Executive Director. This project will provide comprehensive support to the new State Service in order for it to function as the lead and coordinating body for counter-narcotics activity in Kyrgyzstan and the work of its counterparts in the region.The support will include training and equipment as well as any necessary development of legal, administrative or physical infrastructure.


UZB/K23 - "Standardization and sustainability in the handling and presentation of data in Central Asia"

This project aims at improving Central Asian capacities for handling qualitative and quantitative data (including through the provision of collated and readily accessible statistics and analytical reports). It establishes a mechanism for the creation and delivery of a graduated training schedule that will promote the national accumulation of specialist skills in analysis through mentoring the development of local training provision. It provides new approaches in technical analysis through the provision of ArcGIS software and training that will enable national counterparts to generate interactive maps for themselves. These can then be used as a tool for understanding and presenting national and regional trends in crime, drug use and HIV/AIDS.
The project will also consolidate support for the ROCA Coordination and Analysis Unit in its continued production of analytical products and the collation of regional data as well as enabling the continued development of the various websites designed. In this way it supports UN Member States and UNODCHeadquarters sections with a ready source of expertise and knowledge of the Central Asian region.