Welcome to the website of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Country Office Afghanistan (COAFG). The primary aim of this page is to inform you of the activities undertaken by UNODC in Afghanistan, in collaboration with its national counterparts, and to provide updates on the Country Programme (2016-2019) and its four sub-programmes.

UNODC takes pride in its mandate and presence in Afghanistan, supporting the Government in implementing the provisions of the international Drug Control Conventions, the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime and its protocols, the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) and United Nations Standards and Norms in Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. These international instruments are, in turn, supported through the Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework (ANPDF), the National Drug Action Plan (NDAP) and national legislation which is constantly being reviewed and updated to meet the threats posed by transnational organized cri me. 

The Government of Afghanistan, supported by the wider international community, is  committed to enforcing the Constitution and institute rule of law across the country. However, with USD 6.6 billion, which is equivalent to roughly a third of Afghanistan's GDP, being generated from illicit opium crops in 2017, narcotics and the illicit financial  flows they generate, corruption and weak governance remain a serious threat to development, peace and security within the country. Addressing these longstanding problems requires advancement in rule of law and UNODC stands firmly with the Government in ensuring a concerted approach.

While the Government is making significant efforts to address these threats through the Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework (ANPDF) and the supporting High Councils and Actions Plans, including the National Drug Action Plan, the country cannot meet these challenges alone. There is a shared responsibility in addressing these issues and UNODC is therefore currently working with the Government to develop and implement a regional strategy involving the neighbouring countries and beyond through UNODC's Regional Programme for Afghanistan and Neighbouring Countries, the Heart of Asia Process and the Paris Pact Initiative.

Further support from the wider international community at both the political and technical levels is never-the-less still required. In the Declaration of the Tashkent Conference on Afghanistan, which focussed on the peace process, security cooperation and regional connectivity, regional partners acknowledged the inexorable link between drugs, organised crime and terrorism. With the recognition that these factors are a major threat to the ongoing peace process, we need to build on the momentum and goodwill from that conference to develop rule of law and ensure that narcotics and other forms of organised crime are successfully tackled within the country.

Finally, I would like to thank you for your interest in the activities of UNODC in Afghanistan and should you have any questions or concerns, please contact my office.