Regional Programme for Afghanistan and Neighbouring Countries

UNODC-Russia Partnership on Counter-Narcotics Training for Central Asia, Afghanistan and Pakistan (Phase IV)

13-17 September 2021 – The Regional Programme for Afghanistan and Neighbouring Countries supported an online training course for middle-level officers that was conducted by the UNODC Programme Office in Turkmenistan. The 4-day training was organized by the Siberian Law Institute of the Ministry of International Affairs of Russian Federation and within the framework of the UNODC-Russia Partnership on Counter-Narcotics Training for Central Asia, Afghanistan and Pakistan (Phase lV).

«We are sure, that our joint work and exchange of accumulated experience in such format will contribute to efficient countering of the drug threat, not only in our countries but also in the Central Asian region as a whole. Today, the Siberian Law Institute of MIA Russia plays an important role in training of anti-drug personnel for law-enforcement bodies of foreign countries», – highlighted the head of Institute Major General of Police Dmitry Kim in the opening ceremony of the event.

The training with participants from the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Turkmenistan and participants from the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic aimed at increasing the technical capacity of law enforcement officers engaged in combating drug trafficking by focusing on Operational-search counteraction to drug trafficking as well as the use of information technologies and peculiarities of the investigation of the crimes related to drug trafficking.

The UNODC-Russia Partnership on Counter-Narcotics Training for Central Asia, Afghanistan and Pakistan was initiated in September 2015 with the delivery of counter narcotics training provided to law enforcement officials from Afghanistan, Pakistan and countries of Central Asia. Training are conducted at the All-Russian Advanced Training Institute of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, or the "Domodedovo Training Centre", and the Siberian Law Institute of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation.

This partnership is contributing to the implementation of Resolution 60/9 adopted at the 60th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in March 2017, stressing the quick impact and relevance of law enforcement training and reiterating the importance of strengthening the capacities of law enforcement agencies to respond to drug-related threats.

UNODC thanks the Government of the Russian Federation for the support in organizing the training.