CND day 4 – Plenary statement of Austria on drug trafficking and supply

Drug trafficking constitutes a threat to international peace and security. In order to fight drug trafficking and other organised transnational crime, international cooperation is needed. We welcome the work of UNODC in this domain. Progress has been made over the last year. However, the threat of drug trafficking still remains a challenge, especially in Afghanistan. We welcome the different programmes in Afghanistan, which also include regional judicial cooperation.

Illicit drug trafficking is tied to corruption, and UNODC is seeking to fight corruption in Afghanistan and assists the country with key legislation. We hope to continue to support these activities.

New academy to curb corruption: law enforcement officers, judicial staff, representatives from NGOs and international organisations. The implementation of the international legal instruments on corruption and organised crime is crucial. We should focus on a strong evaluation of the process in the near future.

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