UNODC Representative, Mr Cesar Guedes pays courtesy call to H.E. the President of Pakistan 



4 June 2014, Islamabad - Mr. Cesar Guedes called on the President of Pakistan, H.E. Mr. Mamnoon Hussain at the President House. 

Mr Guedes briefed the President about UNODC's assistance to the government of Pakistan under its Country Programme and highlighted some of the main achievements of this Programme.  He informed the President about Pakistan's successful participation in the Commission on Narcotics Drugs (CND) and UNODC's sponsored Triangular Initiative Ministerial between Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran during the margins of high-level segment of the CND, held in Vienna this year in March. The prominent delegation from Pakistan also participated in a separate meeting held for the Regional Programme for Afghanistan and Neighbouring Countries (which include the Central Asian States, Pakistan and Iran).  He also stressed how UNODC had promoted Pakistan's unmatched efforts in tackling drug trafficking through a special event and a dedicated booth with a running documentary, organized to reflect the excellence of Pakistan's premier law enforcement agency, Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) which captured the attention of delegates from all over the world. 

The meeting also touched on one of UNODC's flag-ship initiative, the e-Learning programme which has successfully trained personnel of over 20 Pakistani law enforcement agencies on 92 computer based modules covering a whole range of law enforcement subjects, such as border management, car search, crime scene investigation and prosecution etc.

Mr. Guedes also alluded to the prescient need for ensuring effectiveness of the criminal justice system to dispense speedy justice and for a holistic rehabilitation programme to deal with those addicted to narcotics substances. UNODC has infact with the support of the government of Pakistan conducted a land mark national house hold survey on drug use which highlighted the prevalence of drug use in the country and its socio- economic and health implications. 

H.E the President was highly appreciative of the laudable work done by UNODC and assured his continued support to the office in its efforts to strengthen law enforcement, criminal justice and drug demand reduction programmes, especially drug trafficking to help quality service delivery to the people of Pakistan. 


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