Twenty-seventh Meeting of Heads of National Drug Law Enforcement Agencies, Latin America and the Caribbean (HONLAC)

2 to 6 October 2017, Guatemala City

The 27th meeting of the Heads of National Drug Law Enforcement Agencies (HONLEA), Latin America and the Caribbean was held in  Guatemala City , from 2 to 6 October 2017.

More than 80 participants from 25 States members of HONLEA discussed the major regional trafficking trends and effective countermeasures, international cooperation and technical assistance.The meeting covered a wide range of issues, and included three working groups on:

        (a)    Coordinating the regional communication platforms supporting drug law enforcement across Latin America and the Caribbean;

        (b)    Links between illicit drug trafficking and other forms of organized crime, including money-laundering;

        (c)    Alternatives to imprisonment for certain offences as demand reduction strategies that promote public health and safety.

An additional, UNGASS-related working group was held on "Practical measures tailored to the specific needs of children and youth to prevent and treat drug abuse among them and to address their involvement in drug-related crime".

The meeting was very productive in discussion and provided interesting elements on the nature of the drug problem in the region from the perspective of Chiefs of anti-narcotics police and other drug control authorities. A series of recommendations were adopted that will be brought to the consideration of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs at its next session in 2018.

Delegations also discussed how they could contribute to the 2009 Political Declaration and Plan of Action on International Cooperation towards an Integrated and Balanced Strategy to Counter the World Drug Problem, and to the special session of the General Assembly on the world drug problem held in 2016 follow up to the 2016 Special Session of the General Assembly on the World Drug Problem, drawing on the regional experiences, with a view to ensuring the implementation of those instruments.

 

 - Questionnaire on the implementation of recommendations adopted at the Twenty-sixth meeting of HONLEA, Latin America and the Caribbean

 

  List of documents

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Questionnaire

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Political Declaration and Plan of Action on International Cooperation towards an integrated and balanced strategy to counter the world drug problem

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Joint Ministerial Statement of the 2014 High-Level Review by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs of the Implementation by Member States of the Political Declaration and Plan of Action on International Cooperation towards an  Integrated and Balanced Strategy to Counter the World Drug Problem

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Outcome document adopted by the General Assembly at its special session on the world drug problem (19-21 April 2016, New York), entitled "Out joint commitment to effectively addressing and countering the world drug problem"

UNODC/HONLAC/27/1

Provisional agenda and annotations

UNODC/HONLAC/27/2

Statistics on drug trafficking trends in Americas and worldwide

UNODC/HONLAC/27/3

Current situation with respect to regional and subregional cooperation

UNODC/HONLAC/27/4

Implementation of the recommendations adopted at the Twenty-sixth Meeting of HONLEA, Latin America and the Caribbean

UNODC/HONLAC/27/5

Organization of the Twenty-eighth Meeting of HONLEA, Latin America and the Caribbean