- Presidency of Uzbekistan in CIS in 2020
- 2020 year – the Year of development of science, education and digital economy
- The Strategy of Actions on Further Development of the Republic of Uzbekistan
- Central Asia - the priority of foreign policy of Uzbekistan
- Problems of water resources in the Central Asia
- Events at Uzbekistan's overseas missions
- Uzbekistan and International Security Issues
- Activity of Uzbekistan in sphere of combating the international terrorism
- Activity of Uzbekistan in the field of international cooperation against drug trafficking
- Activity of Uzbekistan in the field of international cooperation against human trafficking
- Cooperation between Uzbekistan and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime UNODC
Cooperation between Uzbekistan and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime UNODC
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is mandated by international conventions and UN resolutions, to assist Member States in implementing UN treaties on drug control, transnational organized crime, corruption and criminal justice reform. It also works to suppress terrorism and human trafficking.
The Regional Office for Central Asia (ROCA) assists the five Central Asian states in reducing the use and trade of illicit drugs, in fighting organized crime, and in preventing and prosecuting terrorism.
The Regional Office is located in Tashkent and has sub-offices in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan), Dushanbe (Tajikistan), Ashgabat (Turkmenistan), Astana and Almaty (Kazakhstan) and Baku (Azerbaijan). With a population of over 30 million, Uzbekistan is the most populous country in Central Asia and its role in the region's stability is pivotal. Reflecting this, the UNODC has been in Uzbekistan since 1993, and has since helped to develop the country by addressing issues that affect the security, safety and health of its population, particularly its young people. Development is unsustainable unless issues of drug trafficking and abuse, organized crime, corruption and terrorism are effectively addressed.
Currently, in collaboration with UNODC following projects are being implemented in Uzbekistan:
1. Regional project - «Establishment of CARICC" (total budget - 15.4 million USD). Under this project several meetings of the Council of National Coordinators of the Agreement of Establishment of CARICC took place, which resulted to determine the basic directions of activity for the next 2 years and discussed the most actual issues of CARICC agenda.
2. Regional project «Treatment II - Treatment of drug addiction and its consequences for health" (total budget - 1 million 490 thousand USD). In the framework of the project 7 experts of the ministries of health, labor and social protection of the population have passed training courses held from August 24 to September 12, 2009 in Tashkent. According to the plan of implementation of the project, the trainings were organized in 2010-2011.
3. Regional Project «Prevention of substance abuse, HIV / AIDS and crime among youth through skills training programs in family life." Uzbekistan participates in the implementation of the project until 2017. At present, the project is implemented the program "Family and School Together" for primary school children in Tashkent and three regions of the country.
4. Regional project - "Countering the trafficking of Afghan opiates via the northern route by enhancing the capacity of key border crossings points (BCPs) and through the establishment of Border Liaison Offices (BLOs)" (total budget of 1.3 million USD).
Considering that the main flow of people and vehicles to the Republic of Uzbekistan and in transit to the CIS countries, is carried out through the checkpoint "Oybek-road" on the Uzbek-Tajik state border, the main flow of technical assistance is sent to this checkpoint.
In 2011 Regional program to support efforts in the fight against drugs in Afghanistan and neighboring countries for the period of 2011 - 2015 has been launched. This program is a comprehensive recommendation document for countries of the region to achieve high results in the fight against drug trafficking.
The purpose of the program is to strengthen the capacity of countries of the region in countering the drug trafficking through regional activities aimed at developing a coordinated policy and allocation of resources to maintain the international operations.
The preliminary budget of the Regional Programme is 60 million USD. Major donor countries are Japan, Russia, Sweden, Norway and Italy. Participants of the Program: Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
5. "Global Programme of UNODC and the World Customs Organization Container Control". "The UNODC Global Program and World Customs Organization on control of container transportations". The global program for control of container transportations (GPCT) created in 2004 by Management of the United Nations Office on drugs and crime (UNODC) and World Customs Organization (WCO) with the purpose to prevent such criminal activity by association of efforts of customs and other law enforcement agencies.
GPCT recorded the considerable success achieved in 10 years of its existence. Only in 2013 23 tons of cocaine, about 6 tons of cannabis, 1,2 tons of heroin, 60 tons of a tramadol and 725 kg of an ivory were intercepted. Counterfeit goods were found in 119 containers. From the moment of the creation, GPCT founded more than 30 operational divisions of port control that leads to significant increase in detection and withdrawal of drugs and other forbidden goods, including more than 100 tons of cocaine, 3 million tons of heroin, 60 tons of cannabis, and 1 273 tons of the chemical substances precursors used for production of the forbidden drugs, and also cigarettes, elite cars, drugs, electronic waste, dangerous materials and wild animals;
6. Regional project "Control over precursors in Central Asia and Azerbaijan" (total budget - 6 million USD). Under the project, more than 30 workshops, seminars and meetings have been organized. Moreover, more than 220 representatives of the competent authorities of the Republic of Uzbekistan passed training courses.
In the framework of implementing this project, ministries and organizations were equipped with computers and laboratory equipments, transport and technical facilities, materials, manuals etc.
The project also funds law enforcement agencies in order to conduct regional and national operations to fight against illegal shipments of precursor chemicals into Afghanistan.
7. Regional Project of the NATO-Russia Council - "Training of personnel of law enforcement agencies of Central Asian countries and Afghanistan in the fight against drug trafficking" (total budget - 2.140.000 USD). Under the project, 28 trainings in Moscow, Tashkent, Bishkek, Ashgabat, and Ankara were conducted in which more than 144 representatives of law enforcement and other competent authorities of the Republic of Uzbekistan took part.