UNODC Executive Director meets the Director of the National Information and Analytical Center for Drug Control of Uzbekistan

On 23 November, as part of her visit to Uzbekistan, Ms. Ghada Waly, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations/UNODC Executive Director, met with Mr. Olim Narzullaev, Director of the National Information and Analytical Center for Drug Control under the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

The parties discussed counter-narcotics cooperation between UNODC and Uzbekistan and ways forward on measures to address drug-related crime and drug prevention.

Ms. Ghada Waly commended Uzbekistan’s support in the implementation of the UNODC counter-narcotics initiatives in Central Asia and its contribution to countering illicit drug trafficking and cross-border crime.

Mr. Olim Narzullaev thanked UNODC for its longstanding support and partnership in implementing joint initiatives to address drug-related crime.

The parties expressed concerns over the recent developments in Afghanistan that exacerbated the situation related to trans-border crime and discussed the ways to strengthen efforts to address the emerging threats and challenges.

Ms. Ghada Waly welcomed Uzbekistan’s initiative to develop a joint action plan in countering illicit drugs covering the countries of Central and South Asia announced by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev at the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly. She expressed the UNODC’s readiness and commitment to supporting Uzbekistan and the other Member States in the region to implement this initiative.

The parties reiterated their willingness to strengthen partnership and coordination in the implementation of national, regional and global counter-narcotics initiatives.

UNODC in Central Asia applies a holistic approach to addressing drug-related challenges. The organization’s initiatives strengthen national and regional law enforcement interagency coordination and cooperation by establishing Border Liaison Offices, Port Control Units, border posts and outposts, and Interagency Mobile Teams in the Central Asian states. UNODC rolls out family skills training programmes and strengthens families’ engagement in drug prevention.


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