The Regional Programme on Drug Control, Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Reform in the Arab States (2011-2015)

The Regional Programme covers 18 countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

The main purpose of the Programme is to support the efforts of the Member States in the Arab region to respond to evolving threats by promoting the rule of law and sustainable development.

The Regional Programme which supports the region's development priorities, and facilitates a holistic, integrated and nationally owned approach to the countries' key security challenges, was elaborated through extensive consultations with national and reviewed at a regional expert group meeting held in Cairo, during the period 27-29 April 2010.  The meeting was attended by expert delegates from the Ministries of Interior, Justice and Health from all the 18 countries in the region, as well as representatives from other international and inter-governmental organisations, and United Nations agencies.

The Regional Programme was subsequently politically endorsed by the relevant Councils of the League of Arab States and officially launched on 8 December 2010 by Mr. Amr Moussa, the then Secretary General of the League of Arab States and Mr. Yuri Fedotov , the Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

Structure of the Regional Programme

The overarching theme of the Regional Programme is the promotion of Rule of Law and Human Development and the full integration of the evolving human security threats posed by drugs and crime into the Middle-East and Northern Africa development agenda. Substantive experts from the Member States in the region worked in partnership with UNODC and the League of Arab States to identify three priority Sub-Programmes: