Strengthening the National and Legal Institutional Capacities of the Libyan Government through Multi-Sectoral Drug Control Assistance  

Project Status: Completed
Project Duration: 17/09/2002 - 30/09/2013
Total Budget: US$ 3,583,081
Donor: Libya


The Libyan Anti Narcotics Agency; The Pharmaceutical and Medical Equipment Administration of the Secretariat of Health; The National Committee for the Illicit Use of Drugs and Psychotropic Substances; The Administration of Drugs and Smuggling Controls of the Customs Authorities; The National Libyan Society for Drug Control (national NGO)

Target Groups

The Libyan Anti-Narcotics Agency; The Libyan Customs; The Libyan Population

Outline and Objectives

While there are no indications for illicit cultivation or the manufacturing of illicit drugs in Libya, the country is used as a point of transit for the trafficking of cannabis from Morocco and from other African countries, to Egypt. Heroin, being smuggled from Turkey and cocaine originating from South America and entering through West and Central Africa, has been seized, as were pharmaceutical products smuggled from neighbouring countries. Libya's status as a point of transit and the troubling social and economic conditions under which the people live have deemed drug abuse a dominant issue. Furthermore, rates of HIV/AIDS contraction have increased with the rise of injecting drug use. This project provides targeted assistance to the drug control law enforcement and customs authorities in Libya with the aim of improving their interdiction capacity through the provision of training and equipment, assisting the People's Committee for Health through fostering national capabilities in treatment, rehabilitation and prevention and updating the national drug control legislation measures to comply with UN international drug control conventions. Assistance to Libya will have a wider impact in the North African region due to the strategic location of the country at main trafficking routes. Through this project, UNODC achieved the following objectives:

  1. A sustained reversed trend in the trafficking of illicit drugs through and into Libya through adequate development of the interdiction capacities of the Libyan Anti-Drugs Department and the Customs Authorities.
  2. A sustained reversed trend in drug abuse through fostering the national capabilities in treatment, rehabilitation and prevention, molded into a national demand reduction strategy.
  3. Sustained national updated drug control legislation measures complying with the UN International Drug Control Conventions.
  4. An improved computerized licit control system, including a precursor control facility.
  5. Strengthening the drug law-enforcement measures performed by the mandated control agencies that screen and deliver international mail.