The Paris Pact Initiative - What is it?

Since its inception in 2003, the broad international coalition known as the Paris Pact Initiative (PPI), made up today of 58 partner countries and 22 organizations, including UNODC, has evolved into one  of the most important frameworks for combatting illicit traffic in opiates originating in Afghanistan.

As a well-established platform for consensus building, the Paris Pact functions as an essential bridge between political commitment at the highest international levels and the prioritization of technical assistance interventions on the ground. It is a multi-layered initiative that defines and strengthens linkages between various counter-narcotics actors at the global level. The partnership aims to define policy and provide stronger evidence for coordinated action by all Paris Pact partners.

The concept of the Paris Pact centres around developments along major opiate trafficking routes. For this reason, the "priority countries" identified by Paris Pact partners are primarily located in West and Central Asia and South Eastern Europe to shed light on how countries situated along the northern and Balkan routes are affected by the menace of opiates. In response to shifts in opiate trafficking, more recently focus is also placed on certain trajectories of the southern route.

The Vienna Declaration

In a balanced and comprehensive manner, the adoption of the Vienna Declaration, the outcome document of the Third Ministerial Conference of the Paris Pact Partners held in 2012, embodies a 'roadmap' for Paris Pact partners, recognizing their common and shared responsibility.

The Declaration guides the partnership on four interlinked pillars for enhanced cooperation:

Pillar I: Strengthening and implementing regional initiatives;

Pillar II: Detecting and blocking financial flows linked to illicit traffic in opiates;

Pillar III: Preventing the diversion of precursor chemicals used in illicit opiates manufacturing in Afghanistan; and

Pillar IV: Reducing drug abuse and dependence through a comprehensive approach.

The two Dimensions of the Paris Pact

Two dimensions characterise the Paris Pact Initiative:

1. The partnership itself, with its 80 partners including UNODC, responsible for defining and implementing priorities centred on the Vienna Declaration and based on the principle of the shared responsibility; and

2. The global programme established by UNODC on behalf of the partnership to provide coordination support. The current Phase IV of the GLOY09 programme, located in the Division for Operations, was initially set up for a period of three years (2013 - 2016) with a total budget of roughly 5 million USD.

The Paris Pact Programme and its three Components

Launched on the 10th anniversary of the Initiative in 2013, Phase IV of the Paris Pact programme builds upon the previous phases of UNODC's global programme and seeks to enhance synergies and increase cooperation among Paris Pact partners including UNODC.

Phase IV continues to drive forward the three well-established components developed over the preceding phases:

1. the CONSULTATIVE MECHANISM , made up of two distinct structures:

- The Expert Working Groups that identify operational priorities for implementation according to the Vienna Declaration pillars; and

- The annual Policy Consultative Group Meeting (PCGM) responsible for providing strategic

2. the field-based RESEARCH AND LIAISON OFFICER (RLO) NETWORK, made up of national staff based in UNODC offices in the Paris Pact's "priority countries" in West and Central Asia as well as South Eastern Europe.

3. INFORMATION MANAGEMENT through the Automated Donor Assistance Mechanism (ADAM) and the Paris Pact supported online mapping tool Drugs Monitoring Platform (DMP).

UNODC through the Paris Pact Coordination Unit (PPCU) acts in its capacity as coordinator in support of the partnership and the realization of it goals. The Paris Pact programme promotes and facilitates the Initiative's activities to link policy and operational elements.

Contact

Paris Pact Coordination Unit: paris-pact@unodc.org

Go to ADAM (www.paris-pact.net) for further information concerning the Paris Pact Initiative

Download the complete Paris Pact brochure published in December 2015