On 7 March, the NRC Counter Narcotics Training Project participated in the 10th Policy Consultative Group Meeting in the Paris Pact framework in Vienna. Implemented by the NRC and UNODC, the counter narcotics training project is a flagship example of the regionally-focused counter narcotics work that the Paris Pact initiative aims to strengthen.
The NATO-Russia Council Counter Narcotics Training project is unique in its cooperative approach. It addresses a threat which crosses all borders in a coordinated approach, bringing together the target countries of narcotics trafficking with source and transit countries. The project also provides valuable networking opportunities for counter narcotics personnel and agencies across the region. In this way the Project helps to ensure that Afghanistan, Central Asian nations and Pakistan are able to link up with their counterpart agencies across the region and are applying the same methods to their counter-narcotics work. The training provided also complements existing regional and international counter narcotics training initiatives that are facilitated and coordinated by the UNODC.
Gwen Vamos, the NRC Counter Narcotics Training Project’s representative addressing the Paris Pact meeting, said:
"Over the last 6 years since the project began, it has had a tangible impact on bringing counter narcotics officers from all across the region together. They have been able to share their local experiences of the fight against the illegal narcotics trade, and also build valuable, cross border relationships. Ultimately this helps to ensure that countries in the region work together in the fight against narcotics trafficking, which is a key goal of the Paris Pact Initiative. Because transnational threats, such as narcotics trafficking requires a cross border, cooperative response."