Regional Programme for Afghanistan and Neighbouring Countries (UNODC)


Sub-Programme 1

Regional Law Enforcement Cooperation 

Sub-Programme 1 builds on progress made through well-known initiatives such as the Central Asian Regional Information and Coordination Centre (CARICC ), the Triangular Initiative (TI) with its Joint Planning Cell (JPC), by ensuring appropriate linkages between sub-regional initiatives to maximize operational impact and facilitate concrete collaboration the region on specific trafficking routes.

Sub-Programme 1 scales up existing approaches to regional cooperation, supports the development of a common skill-base among law enforcement officers in the region and facilitates concrete action to tackle illicit drugs and precursor trafficking. Existing initiatives are supplemented by new ones such as the Afganistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan (AKT) Initiative, focused on the Northern route.

To further national capacities and international cooperation, Sub-Programme 1 establishes standard operating procedures, including consultations on operational mechanisms and capacities, regionalising common standards for secure communications and direct support to activities such as simultaneous/joint operations. These are supported by the establishment of Border Liaison Offices (BLOs) as well as the exchange of Permanent and Drug Liaison Officers.

This Sub-Programme supports specialized law enforcement training to conduct and complete drug control operations. The lack of reliable forensic data is also addressed under Sub-Programme 1 by providing technical support to enhance skills, awareness, collaboration and the sharing of standardised forensic information in the region so that counter narcotics investigations can be evidence-based and intelligence-led.

Sub-Programme 1 contributes to three outcomes, which deliver nine outputs.