Regional Programme for Afghanistan and Neighbouring Countries

Heads of the Information and Analytical Units meet in Almaty

Almaty 22 November, 2018 

Heads of the Information and Analytical Units of the national coordinating bodies, as well as leading experts in drug control of the CARICC member states met in Almaty, Kazakhstan from 21 to 22 November to discuss a  CARICC-developed methodology for assessing the drug situation in the participating States. The meeting was conducted jointly by CARICC and the Regional Programme for Afghanistan and neighboring countries.

Over the course of two days, the heads of the analytical units and experts from Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan refined as well as agreed on the methodology under CARICC for conducting regional drug assessments. All stakeholders present also agreed to establish a regular working group of analytical units for coordination of future activities to be coordinated by CARICC and the UNODC Regional Programme for Afghanistan and Neighbouring Countries. The sessions and presentations conducted reviewed many topics including: the mechanism for collecting and processing data on drug offenses and seizures of drugs; the mechanism of registration and registration of people who use drugs; ways to assess the prevalence of synthetic drugs, including NPS; dynamics of prices for narcotic drugs and probable new routes as well as changing methods of trafficking drugs

As result of the meeting, thethe methodology for assessing the drug situation in the participating States was reviewed and adopted and this methodology will be used by CARICC for collecting date for 2019.

The UNODC Regional Programme for Afghanistan and Neighbouring Countries thanks the European Union for funding this event.