Paraguay presents strategies to strengthen the fight against corruption and drug trafficking

16 February, 2012 - In order to define the scope of a joint program for combating organized crime, corruption, illicit trafficking and drug trafficking, the minister of the Paraguayan Supreme Court of Justice, Alicia Pucheta de Correa, held a meeting with the representatives of UNODC, SENAD and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The first meeting, after the signing of the "National Integrated Programme 2011-2014 to Strengthen Rule of Law, Security and Justice in Paraguay", was held in the national Supreme Court of Justice on Wednesday, February 15th. Alicia Pucheta de Correa, Minister of the Supreme Court, invited representatives of the National Anti-Drugs Secretary (SENAD) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

According to Bo Mathiasen, regional representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) for Brazil and the Southern Cone, the program aims at the elaboration of strategies to strengthen the work and coordination of the Judiciary with other significant Paraguayan institutions in the fight against crimes such as drug trafficking, organized crime and corruption.

"We will look into very polemic issues such ase drug trafficking, corruption and money laundering, and see how the United Nations may contribute in the strengthening of Paraguayan institutions through the National Integrated Program", said Mathiasen.

This initiative is an outcome of the UNODC mission to Paraguay in May 2010. During the mission, UNODC proposed the national government the development of a National Integrated Program for the period 2011-2014. The objective is to provide technical assistance and advice in areas such as: Organized crime and illicit trafficking; Justice and corruption; and Reduction of demand for drugs and treatment.

Source: Supreme Court of Justice of Paraguay

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