With the presence of the Republic President, UNODC Paraguay presented the beginning of the development of the National Drug Policy


With a ceremony held in the  Hall of the Marshals of the Government Palace in Asunción, Friday June 26 the presentation of the Beginning of works for the Development of the National Drug Policy promoted by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in the framework of the  National Integrated Programme (NIP), "Strengthening the Rule of Law, Security and Justice in Paraguay", led by the rector of the political state entity on the issue , the National Anti-Drug Secretariat (SENAD).

The ceremony, held in the framework of the activities promoted by the  International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, was attended by the President of Paraguay, Don Horacio Cartes, ministers and national authorities, ambassadors, members of the diplomatic corps and special guests.

The event was chaired by the Minister of the Interior, José Francisco De Vargas; Minister SENAD Executive Secretary, Luis Rojas; and the Senior Adviser to the UNODC in Paraguay, José Manuel Martínez.

Minister De Vargas emphasized his speech in the political decision taken by the Government in the fight against drug trafficking, noting that, "The first step was the sincerity of the national reality. We are positioned to work on the two strategic pillars that will allow a real transformation: the dismantling of criminal organizations, for which we put emphasis on strengthening the intelligence services of security agencies; and work on demand, recognizing that the consumer is not a criminal, but a chronic illness that requires specialized treatment".

For his part, the Minister Luis Rojas highlighted that this management period the harder shots in the history of drug trafficking in the country occurred while he stressed that the policies are no longer limited to the seizure of substances. "We are committed to the use of intelligent strategies to identify and disrupt criminal structure to understand that drug trafficking is first and foremost a business. Our main effort is aimed at attacking its powerhouse that is finance. Under these premises we are developing their own policies based on reality and enriched paraguayan international experience through the cooperation of international organizations like the UN". 

José Manuel Martínez took the opportunity to recall the statement of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, during his visit to the country, who said that "Paraguay has joined global efforts to combat drug trafficking and organized crime" and to share the message of the highest authority of the agency for the  International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

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