Chief of Implementation Support Section
Opium cultivation in Afghanistan hit record levels in 2013.
Majority of opium seizures made by Iran.
Heroin seizures cover a wider range of countries.
Between 2005 and 2011, coca bush cultivation in Peru increased. Decreased slightly in 2012, but this is important as it represents a shift in the trend.
Cocaine consumption in North America and Europe are mostly supplied by South America.
Limited detail from African countries make it difficult to establish trends, however, significant seizures continue to occur in the region. Although, small on a global level, this indicates that traffickers are using new routes and accessing new markets.
Global seizures of ecstasy like substances have increased, but are well below the levels recorded between 2002 and 2007.
Global seizures of methamphetamines expanded significantly.
Cannabis seizures of the herb decreased for the second consecutive year in 2012. For resin, global seizures remained stable, but with a shift in seizure trends.
Increasing trend in the misuse of pharmaceutical products. Precursor control is universally expressed as a concern.
U.S. – Policymakers depend on high quality information. UNODC reports are an essential tool. The U.S. provides UNODC with financial support ($7.7 million provided from 2010 to 2013).
Kenya – Illicit drug trafficking is a transnational problem. Continued cooperation is essential.
Bolivia – Not merely looking at demand reduction. We have some positive results to show. More effective cooperation now than ever before.
No plenary session this afternoon. Resume tomorrow morning (Friday, March 20, 2014).