Paris Pact Expert Working Group Meeting on Precursors

November 14, 2011 - November 15, 2011

The Government of India is hosting for the first time a Paris Pact meeting, the 2nd Expert Working Group meeting on Precursors, on 14-15 November 2011 in New Delhi. The event is being organised with support from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and is being coordinated by the Central Bureau of Narcotics, Gwalior.

The Paris Pact Initiative is a partnership of more than 55 countries and international organizations, which aims at combating Afghan opiates trafficking, consumption and related problems in the affected priority countries along the Afghan opiates trafficking routes. The partnership mechanism is supported by UNODC.

The meeting in Delhi is a follow-up to the discussions between Paris Pact experts at the first meeting on precursors held in Paris in 2010. The Paris meeting stressed the importance of political mobilization of all partners of the Paris Pact, international operational cooperation and special measures to disrupt the illicit flow of precursors which are essential to the production of heroin in Afghanistan.

During the meeting in New-Delhi, the experts will focus on priority action to be taken to counter the diversion of chemical precursors used in the illicit manufacture of heroin (in particular acetic anhydride), the recent trafficking trends as well as challenges about measures to prevent their diversion from licit markets. This meeting brings together national competent authorities responsible for regulatory and law enforcement control from the Paris Pact partners.