The Eighth National Drug Control System (NDS) Users' Group Meeting from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) just concluded this last October 9 in the afternoon. It took place from October 7 to 9 at the Benito Juárez Conference Room in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Mexico City. The NDS system provides a platform to facilitate the management and control of the legal trade of psychoactive substances and precursor chemicals.
In addition, it represents a suitable system to improve the convenient exchange of international information under the supervision of the UNODC. During three days, the participants of the meeting discussed the new applications of the NDS Program Suite: the e-Government tool called NDS Web and the domestic data processing and analysis tool called NDS-SPA.
Moreover, they presented the new challenges and tendencies in the use of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) tools, such as: the PEN Online and the I2ES (International Import Export System). The meeting counted on the participation of Roberto Dondisch, General Director for Global Issues from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Antonio Luigi Mazzitelli, Regional Representative from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to Mexico; Gert Eidherr, NDS Global Project Manager from the UNODC in Vienna; Jaime Humberto Gómez, Executive Director of Narcotics, Psychotropic Drugs and Chemical Substances Regulation from the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (COFERPIS as in Spanish); and Alejandro Castillo, Regional Manager from the NDS team in Mexico.
Furthermore, the delegates from Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Finland, France, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago and Uruguay actively participated in this meeting. Additionally, the delegation of the European Union to Mexico and the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Mexico attended as observers. With such initiatives, Mexico, as an actor with global responsibility, reemphasizes its commitment under a multilateral working environment and the principle of common shared responsibility for the treatment of the global problem on drugs.
By using this platform, the Mexican government endorses its obligation to the international cooperation in order to face the narcotics, psychotropic substances, and precursor chemicals trafficking that is mainly deviated for the manufacturing of synthetic drugs.
Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs/UNODC LPO Mexico
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