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UNODC and European OSCE´s joint action against organized crime and illicit drugs.

Europe Security News. UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov (right) met with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Secretary General Lamberto Zannier (left)

Before Christmas, the Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and crime UNODC Mr. Yury Fedotov met with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Secretary General Lamberto Zannier to discuss joint actions.

The purpose of the meeting is to design a joint action plan that will see the two organizations cooperate to tackle european organized crime and illicit drugs.

The two organizations intend to undertake a substantive, long term cooperation in the following international areas:  fighting illicit drugs; illicit fire-arms, small arms and light weapons, combating terrorism,  countering transnational organized crime, corruption and money-laundering, combating trafficking in persons, combating irregular migration and the smuggling of migrants.

For this joint plan the UNODC will provide technical assistance in response to the interrelated issues of organized crime and illicit drugs; and the european OSCE will act as a political platform for dialogue with a network of field operations working to promote security in different areas like the political, military, economic-environmental and publis safety.

OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier said that , “For several years, UNODC and OSCE have met regularly to review the results of the co-operation between the two organizations and to plan for the future. We are prepared to enhance our co-operation with UNODC in addressing the common challenges of terrorism, organized crime, trafficking in human beings and illicit drugs.”

Under the joint action plan, the two parties will exchange information, conduct expert-level consultations on common issues, draw on existing successful programmes in the field to develop best practices; undertake joint assessments such as in opiates trafficking from Afghanistan and Neighbouring Countries.

The two parties will promote ratification and legislative implementation of international counterterrorism legal instruments by OSCE participating States; and cooperate in the awareness-raising and implementation of protocols such as the OSCE Document on Small Arms and Light Weapons and the UN Firearms Protocol, in addition to other UN Conventions and related Protocols.

With 56 States from Europe, Central Asia and North America, OSCE is the world’s largest regional security organization. It offers a forum for political negotiations and decision-making in the fields of early warning, conflict prevention, crisis management and post-conflict rehabilitation, and puts the political will of its participating States into practice through its network of field missions.