UN, ASEAN Forge Partnership
Against Drugs And Crime
VIENNA, 24 April
(UN Information Service) -- Mr. Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director
of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and Mr. Ong Keng
Yong, Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations
(ASEAN), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the interrelated
issues of drugs and crime. The two organisations have agreed to work
together in Southeast Asia, providing the 10 ASEAN member countries
assistance in their fight against drugs and transnational crime.
This agreement will enhance
the cooperation that already exists in drug control between ASEAN and
UNODC, in support of the ASEAN and China Cooperative Actions
in Response To Dangerous Drugs (ACCORD) Plan of Action.
This framework will deepen
the partnership by developing a more comprehensive approach, including
exchange of expertise on the interrelated issues of drug control and
crime prevention. The Memorandum will facilitate the exchange of information
relating to specific projects, programmes or activities, with a view
to achieving better complementary action. UNODC and ASEAN also agreed
to identify and develop joint technical co-operation projects and programmes.
In addition, they will closely consult in the planning and execution
of their respective technical cooperation activities in the region.
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