UNODC: A strong presence in the Lao PDR since 1989
The United Nations Office on Drug and Crime was established in 1997 through a merger between the United Nations Drug Control Programme and the Centre for International Crime Prevention. UNODC is committed to achieving security and justice for all by making the world safer from drugs, crime and terrorism, and by addressing a comprehensive response to these interrelated issues. UNODC operations are conducted through three primary functions: Field-based technical cooperation projects, research and analytical work, and normative work to assist Member States in the ratification and implementation of international treaties and the development of domestic legislation.
UNODC has been operating in the Lao PDR since 1989 - under its old designation UNFDAC - and works in close collaboration with its Lao counterpart, the Lao National Commission on Drug Control and Supervision (LCDC) in order to assist the Government with a range of activities that include the establishment of the Comprehensive Drug Control Programme and the accession to various UN Conventions for drug control, anti-corruption, transnational organized crime and counter-terrorism.
UNODC is currently implementing Alternative Development (AD) and poverty reduction projects for ex-opium growing communities in three northern provinces in the Lao PDR as well as rule of law and human security projects on illicit trafficking and the development of a national drug and law enforcement strategy at the national and regional levels. In addition, UNODC is currently implementing a Drug Demand Reduction (DDR) pilot project in the Lao PDR with the primary focus of responding to the rising phenomena of Amphetamine Type Stimulants(ATS) in the region, while continuing to support treatment and rehabilitation programmes for opium dependency. UNODC also works closely with UNAIDS, WHO and other UN agencies in conjunction with Lao Government counterparts on the response to HIV and AIDS, through Harm Reduction in the form of prevention, treatment, care and support.