The Commission on Narcotics Drugs (CND), the responsible UN body providing guidance for the implementation of the international drug conventions, convened the week of 12 March for its 61st annual session in Vienna, bringing together policy makers and experts from UN Member States, international organisations and civil society.
The European Union and Portugal co-hosted a side event during the 61st session of the Commission on Narcotic drugs in Vienna, titled “European trans-regional responses to drug trafficking and organised crime”. The side event showcased the EU’s efforts in promoting a comprehensive, rights- and evidence-based capacity building model with partner countries in addressing the drugs problem. The Cocaine Route Programme (CRP) was part of the side event which included presentations on its ongoing components – namely AIRCOP, CRIMJUST, CORMS and SEACOP.
On Thursday 22 February, UNODC and the Government of Bolivia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for implementing AIRCOP in the country, reiterating their commitment to combat transnational organized crime at international airports. Bolivia is the tenth country in Latin America and the Caribbean to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with UNODC for implementing AIRCOP.
From 17 to 19 January CRIMJUST, with the UNODC office in Colombia and the Global Programme against Money Laundering, supported the organization of the first training course on cryptocurrency investigation in Latin America. The aim of this practical course was to enhance participating countries’ understanding of cryptocurrencies and strengthen their capacity to conduct bitcoin tracing for investigative purposes. Participants attending the computer-based training course included investigators from law enforcement (including cyber oriented units), financial intelligence units, and prosecutors.
As part of AIRCOP, operation COCAIR VI led by the WCO took place from 9 to 17 December 2017, bringing together law enforcement services at airports in over thirty countries in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East. The main objective of the operation was to intercept any illicit substance or contraband transported by air, with a focus on cocaine, from South America to Europe, directly or via transit zones in Africa.
CRIMJUST, in collaboration with AIRCOP and the Global Programme against Money-Laundering (GPML), held a Regional Specialized Training Course on Cash Couriers in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 4 and 5 December.
Between 20 and 24 November, CRIMJUST held a 5 day working group meeting in the city of Santos, Brazil, home to one of Latin America’s largest and busiest container sea ports. In accordance with the Brazilian federal police and NCB Brasilia,
CRIMJUST, UNODC Colombia and the government and police of Colombia recently teamed up to combat the growing and global challenges posed by cocaine cultivation, production and trafficking. A joint training programme to strengthen the technical knowledge related to cocaine cultivation, production and laboratory criminal techniques was
The Dominican Republic’s National Drug Control Office (DNCD), AIRCOP, the Support Program to Combat Organized Crime in the Caribbean Region (ALCORCA) and the Dominican Republic Crime and Security Cooperation Project (PROCCSE) provided a “Specialized Course on Air Cargo” between 15 and 20 October in Santo Domingo.