Regional Strategy for the Regional Representation

UNODC have built a Regional Strategy as a result of the process where UNODC have strengthened cooperation bonds with the countries of the region, and with the Central America Integration System (SICA for its acronym in Spanish).

For many years Mexico has been actively cooperating with the Central America region due to its southeast border with Guatemala and Belize, and today is the Observer State for SICA. Regarding the last years, and due to the fight of the organized crime that Mexico have consolidated; the State has been activating regional, sub regional and bilateral tools under the administration of the President Felipe Calderon, in order to increase the coordination, the cooperation and the mutual support with Central America.

Based on the Cooperation Agreement signed on November 13, 2008, SICA and UNODC have established a legal framework of cooperation which allows the project design, development and financing in the following areas:  1) Rule of Law, 2) Trend Analysis and Forensics, and 3) Health and Development. This framework reaches a regional level in order to build peace, freedom, democracy and development as is established in the Charter of The United Nations and the Tegucigalpa Protocol.

UNODC and SICA have reached a consensus on the working lines in order to fight drugs and crime. The working lines as follows, are consolidated through agreement and a continuous collaboration form UNODC:

a)    UNODC Regional Programme to strengthen the Plan of Action of the Strategy of Security in Central America and Mexico

b)    Integrated National Programmes on Security and Justice that prioritize the needs of the countries according to its background and situation.

c)    Progressive establishment of Centres of Excellence, as focal points and a resource of expertise of UNODC in each country to train human resources to activate the knowledge, experience and expertise exchange, at a bilateral, sub regional and regional level.

With these measures it is expected to integrate the technical assistance that UNODC offers to the governments of the regions, promoting support and liaison, avoiding duplicities and making the most of the available international cooperation, besides making more effective the institutional coordination in each country.

Regarding the Caribbean region, UNODC is also developing a Regional Strategy as a result of the Ministerial Conference that took place on February 17 - 20 in Dominican Republic.