First Steering Committee Meeting of the UNODC Programme for Central Asia took place in Tashkent

Heads of the Drug Control Agencies, representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of five Central Asian countries as well as donor's representatives gathered on 22 February in Tashkent to discuss progress in implementation of the UNODC Programme for Central Asia. The meeting was hosted by the Uzbek Government.

Ms. Ashita Mittal, UNODC Regional Representative for Central Asia made the detailed presentation of Programme achievements, challenges faced and fund raising efforts. Mr.  Alexandre Schmidt, Chief of UNODC Regional Section for Europe, West and Central Asia, HQ Vienna gave the overview of the perspectives from  the Central Asian countries towards the UNGASS 2016.

Participants reviewed and approved the Work Plan for 2016, Terms of Reference for the Programme Steering Committee as well as selected the Chair and Co-Chair of the Committee which is the highest level of direct Programme authority and guidance.