UNODC's Programme Governance Committee Meeting

UNODC Pakistan's second Programme Governance Committee (PGC) meeting of 2011 was held in Islamabad on 14 June 2011.  The PGC reviewed UNODC implementation over the first half of 2011 and approved amendments to work-plans. It was high-level event attended by all the key Government of Pakistan counterparts, including the Ministry of Narcotics Control, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Law and Justice, Ministry of Finance, the Financial Monitoring Unit, the Capital Administration and Development Division, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the  Economic Affairs Division.

The PGC was preceded by the first CP Technical Working Group (TWG) meetings, held on 24-25 May at the UNODC Country Office. The purpose of the TWGs was to update key technical experts on the progress of the UNODC Country Programme and seek input for the future direction of UNODC work-plans, which began in January 2011.

The PGC and the TWGs form the foundational pillars of the UNODC Country Programme 2010-14 governance arrangements. The PGC provides high-level supervisory oversight and the TWGs provide technical and substantive input to programme implementation.

"The UNODC programme is unique in its close relationship with the Government of Pakistan and its policies and frameworks and is designed in a way to ensure Government ownership. It is flexible in responding to the needs of Pakistan and UNODC's emergency-relief programme for the capacity-building of the police in the flood-affected areas after July 2010 is exemplary of the UNODC's rapid response to the needs of Pakistan" said Mr. Iftikhar Ahmed, Secretary, Ministry of Narcotics Control as he opened the meeting.

Mr. Jeremy Douglas, Representative UNODC, presented on Country Programme implementation progress since the start of the year and highlighted some key achievements under the sub-programmes of illicit trafficking and border management, criminal justice and drug demand reduction and HIV/AIDS. UNODC work on opening the Border Liaison Office (BLO) at Torkham and the roll-out of Computer-Based Training (CBT) to law enforcement academies were particularly well-received.

The PGC approved the TWG recommendations to expand the work of UNODC related to drug and precursor trafficking, border management and prosecutions.