Regional Launch of UNODC World Drug Report 2013
In the framework of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for Central America and the Caribbean (UNODC ROPAN), in collaboration with various national institutions, presented the 2013 World Drug Report in Panama, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic.
Panama - June 26, 2013
In commemoration of the day, TVN News conducted an interview with the UNODC Regional Representative for Central America and the Caribbean and his colleague and Team Leader for Drug Demand Reduction, Ms. Melva Ramirez. The various the recent trends and drug statistics were discussed and the various joint efforts being undertaken by UNODC and the Government of Panama were highlighted.
Following the interview, was the official launch of the 2013 World Drug Report at the Hotel Panama. The Report was presented by the UNODC Regional Representative in collaboration with the distinguished Public Security Deputy Minister of Panama, His Excellency Manuel Moreno. Among the highlights of the presentation, which covered various aspects of the problems caused by the use and sale of illegal substances, Panama's position as the third country in drug seizures worldwide was underlined. In this regard, the Deputy Minister noted that this was achieved through inter-institutional capabilities, which are enhanced by the strategic partnership between UNODC and the Government of Panama established to combat transnational organized crime and drug trafficking.
On concluding the presentation, the UNODC Regional Representative and the Panamanian Authorities, dedicated a short segment to answer questions from the press.
In Guatemala, the 2013 World Drug Report was presented by Mr. Oliver Inizan, Coordinator of Operations and Programming at UNODC ROPAN.
Following the sequences of events carried out in Panama, Mr. Inizan first participated in an interview with the team from Channel 7 news. The interview highlighted information on some of the main themes around which the report was developed and information on UNODC initiatives conducted in Guatemala and the region to address the various challenges posed by drug phenomenon was also provided.
The Report was then officially presented by Mr. Inizan, accompanied by Dr. Luky Lopez, Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the Commission against Addiction and the Trafficking of Illegal Drugs (SECCATID according to its acronym in Spanish), in the National Palace of Culture. Amongst the highlights, the efforts by the Government of Guatemala that allowed for the eradication of a greater number of hectares used for the cultivation of poppy were emphasized.
Mr. Inizan then participated in an interview with members of the Social Communication Unit of the Presidency of Guatemala and answered questions posed by the local press.
Following the successful of the presentations of the World Drug Report in Panama and Guatemala, the UNODC Regional Representative presented the Report in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Mr. de Andrés participated in an interview on the programme "The Clock", where he had the opportunity to present an overview of the Report and the different issues that comprise it.
After the interview, Mr. de Andrés officially presented the Report in collaboration with Mr. Phidias Aristy, Chairman of the National Drug Council, and Dr. Pedro Feliz Montes de Oca, Attorney General of the Dominican Republic. The event was held at the National Library and it was emphasized that, with respect to the previous year, despite an overall increase globally, consumption of traditional illegal substances remained stable in the Dominican Republic.
Following the presentation, Mr. de Andrés participated as a guest in the launch of the Diploma on Drug Abuse of the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, as well as at the opening of a National Symposium on Drugs, in which he had the opportunity to give a keynote lecture on the situation of transnational organized crime and drug trafficking in the region.