SCODC success in Central Asia

SCODC Senior Legal Advisor, Dr. Zaza Berozashvili has been invited in Central Asia Region quite often to perform different assignments for the projects funded/implemented by OSCE, UNODC, IOM etc.

The below links indicate the recent success of Dr. Berozashvili in Central Asia Region:



World Drug Report 2016

The World Drug Report 2016 has been released by UNODC. 


59th CND Session closes with eye on April’s UNGASS 2016 Session
“The 59th Session was especially important given that we now stand on the threshold of UNGASS 2016, which is to be held in New York next month,” said UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov, in his closing remarks. “I warmly welcome the agreement on the outcome document to be adopted at UNGASS 2016 in New York in April. The document can now be used to forge the action needed to assist millions of women, children, and men around the world.”
UNODC Executive Director meets with civil society at 59th Session of the CND
UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov, commended civil society organizations (CSOs) for their global activities, including their invaluable field work. “UNODC works with over 500 non-governmental and civil society organizations at the local, national, regional and global levels. Together, we have helped increase access to evidence and rights based treatment and care in over 40 countries,” said Mr. Fedotov in his opening statement. special session.
Opium poppy farming in Afghanistan less lucrative in 2015
UNODC presented a socio-economic analysis of the latest Opium Survey in Afghanistan, which revealed that opium poppy farmers gained considerably less in 2015 compared to the previous year. Figures in the analysis show that the gross income from opium decreased to $3100 per hectare in 2015 – 18 per cent less than the 2014 value of $3800 – and the lowest level since 2002, shortly after the end of the Taliban opium ban.
UNODC Chief: disproportionate responses to drug related offences do not serve justice, or uphold rule of law
Alternatives to conviction or punishment, where appropriate, can be pursued by countries under the international drug control conventions, the head of UNODC, Yury Fedotov, stressed today at a side event on the margins of the 59th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND).The discussions ahead of the UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS 2016), to be held in April.

At 59th CND Session, UNODC Chief says UNGASS 2016 is about “putting people first”
UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov said the CND’s work, including preparations for the UN General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS 2016), to be held in April this year, was promoting a comprehensive understanding of the world drug problem and the need to put people first. Crucially, the UNGASS 2016 process has focused on lives lost and the needless suffering caused by illicit drugs.

UNODC’s new drug compendium now out
UNODC have published its newly updated third edition of the manual ‘Terminology and Information on Drugs’ . This edition of the publication – the first revision since 2003 – offers a much needed and timely resource, given the evolution and changes in drug markets in recent years.The content of the manual reflects the need to provide accurate and evidence-based information on the range of substances of abuse; from plant-based drugs such as cocaine and heroin.

Programme to enhance container security extends its global reach
The Container Control Programme (CCP), developed jointly by UNODC and the World Customs Organization (WCO), aims to enhance law enforcement capabilities in seaports and other similar facilities. The Programme seeks to minimize the misuse of containers in the transnational shipment of illicit goods. Additionally, it helps in the development of strategic alliances between customs and other law enforcement bodies.
Heads of UNODC and OSCE sign new Joint Plan of Action with combatting smuggling of migrants and terrorism prevention high on the agenda
UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov, stated, “the Joint Action Plan provides a welcome framework for UNODC and the OSCE to leverage their respective strengths.” The new plan, he said, has been successfully expanded from seven to eight key areas and now includes police development and reform. He then acknowledged the importance of counter-terrorism cooperation.
UNODC and Japan strengthen cooperation with eye on security and development, 2020 Crime Congress
UNODC’s Executive Director, Yury Fedotov, met today with the Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations in Vienna, Ambassador Mitsuru Kitano, to sign a new funding agreement worth some $16 million. The agreement is aimed at delivering several projects in various regions of the world to tackle illicit drugs and bolster preventing terrorism as highlighted in the Doha Declaration.

World Wildlife Day 2016: New Public Service Announcment call for people to get #SeriousAboutWildlifeCrime
The third annual World Wildlife Day (WWD) was held to raise awareness about the devastating impact of wildlife crime, UNODC, the World Bank, the World CustomsINTERPOL and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) – collectively making up the ‘International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime’ – have launched a powerful new Public Service Announcement.
Anti-Corruption knowledge boosted with online platform
The UNODC Global eLearning Programme launched a new Anti-Corruption course on its Learning Management System. This course consists of two eLearning modules – “Introduction to Anti-corruption” and “Advanced Anti-corruption: Prevention of Corruption”. The modules have been designed by UNODC anti-corruption experts aiming to improve the learners’ understanding of the provisions of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).
Transnational crime in fisheries sector tackled by global experts
Large scale criminal activity in the fisheries sector is rampant and highly lucrative. With these crimes frequently being of a transnational and largely organized nature, the sector is vulnerable to multiple issues including illegal fishing, corruption, document fraud, and human trafficking. UNODC together with WWF convened a meeting in Vienna to address fisheries crime through the criminal justice system, extending beyond the traditional realm of fisheries control.

NPS – New Psychoactive Substances

The 2013 World Drug Report released today in Vienna shows that, while the use of traditional drugs such as heroin and cocaine seems to be declining in some parts of the world, prescription drug abuse and new psychoactive substance abuse is growing. In a special high-level event of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov urged concerted action to prevent the manufacture, trafficking and abuse of these substances.

Marketed as ‘legal highs’ and ‘designer drugs’, NPS are proliferating at an unprecedented rate and posing unforeseen public health challenges. The report shows that the number of NPS reported to UNODC rose from 166 at the end of 2009 to 251 by mid-2012, an increase of more than 50 per cent. For the first time, the number of NPS exceeded the total number of substances under international control (234). Since new harmful substances have been emerging with unfailing regularity on the drug scene, the international drug control system is now challenged by the speed and creativity of the NPS phenomenon.

This is an alarming drug problem – but the drugs are legal. Sold openly, including via the internet, NPS, which have not been tested for safety, can be far more dangerous than traditional drugs. Street names, such as “spice”, “meow-meow” and “bath salts” mislead young people into believing that they are indulging in low-risk fun. Given the almost infinite scope to alter the chemical structure of NPS, new formulations are outpacing efforts to impose international control. While law enforcement lags behind, criminals have been quick to tap into this lucrative market. The adverse effects and addictive potential of most of these uncontrolled substances are at best poorly understood.

Azerbaijan against Drugs

Opiate Flows through Northern Afghanistan and Central Asia

This report describes the illicit trade of opiates along the Northern route from northern  Afghanistan to Central Asia up to the borders of the Russian Federation.

ECDC/EMCDDA seven interventions

In a new guidance document, EU agencies ECDC and the EMCDDA have joined forces to identify seven interventions to reduce and prevent infectious diseases in this vulnerable population. Many European countries have achieved substantial progress in recent years in preventing drug-related infections. Drug injecting, however, remains a major cause of infectious diseases across Europe. The interventions proposed range from the supply of injection equipment, testing and vaccination to the treatment of infections and drug dependence. These are best applied in combination and ideally in the same venue for maximum effect: 

2010 Annual Report on Drug Situation in Azerbaijan

The National Annual Report on Drug Situation in Azerbaijan for 2010 has been prepared by the National Drug Prevention Office (Public Union) using official data provided by the relevant state agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). This report includes all detailed aspects of current drug related situation in the country.

The National Drug Prevention Office takes its origin from the South Caucasus Anti Drug (SCAD) Regional Program funded by the European Union and implemented by UNDP. It’s SCODC (South Caucasus Office on Drugs and Crime) main Partner Organization in Azerbaijan.

Primary goal of the National Drug Prevention Office (established in June 2010) is to fill the gap created after closure of SCAD programme, implement anti-drug awareness raising activities. In order to pursue this goal the Public Union advocates international instruments against narcotic drugs, deepens cooperation with the NGOs functioning in the area, provides data and experience exchange and advocates healthy way of life among various groups of population.

National Drug Prevention Office organizes various training courses, round tables and consultations, conferences, exhibitions, holds charity events and other cultural works among the masses, publishes printed materials in line with current legislation and cooperates with relevant state authorities, municipalities, NGOs and international organizations.

2010 Report on Drug Situation in Azerbaijan

EMCDDA/EUROPOL: New psychoactive substances

 New psychoactive substances are becoming widely available at an ‘unprecedented pace’. This is according to the EMCDDA–Europol 2010 annual report on new drugs entering the European market released today in Lisbon. In 2010, a record number of new drugs were officially reported to the EMCDDA and Europol via the EU early-warning system (EWS) on new psychoactive substances. A total of 41 new psychoactive substances were officially notified for the first time to the two agencies in 2010. This represents the largest number of substances ever reported in a single year, considerably up on 2009 (24 substances) and 2008 (13 substances)

EMCDDA–Europol 2010 Annual Report on the implementation of Council Decision 2005/387/JHA

EMCDDA-Europol Annual Report 2010

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