CARICC – IS A STANDING INTERGOVERNMENTAL BODY TO COORDINATE EFFORTS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST TRANSNATIONAL DRUG-RELATED CRIME

A meeting of CARICC Director with the Regional Program Coordinator of the American Bar Association “Judicial Monitoring of Criminal Cases Related to Drug Trafficking in Central Asia”

On the 03rd of June 2016, a meeting of Mr. B. Zhunusov, CARICC Director, with Ayaz Bayetov, Regional Program Coordinator of the American Bar Association “Judicial Monitoring of Criminal Cases Related to Drug Trafficking in Central Asia” was held in CARICC.
During the meeting the parties exchanged views on the issues of tackling illicit drug trafficking in the Central Asian countries applicable to the competence of these two organizations, set possible areas of cooperation.

The Regular Meeting of the Council of National Coordinators (CNC) of CARICC Member-States

On March 30, 2016, Almaty hosted the regular meeting of the Council of National Coordinators (CNC) of CARICC member states. The meeting was attended by representatives of the competent authorities of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Invitees included Ms. Ashita Mittal, the UNODC Regional Representative for Central Asia, Mr. Naveed Riaz, the UNODC Project Senior Coordinator on CARICC establishment.

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A Meeting was held in CARICC with CARICC Director and Special Representative of the UN Secretary General and Representative of the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy in Kazakhstan

On March 29, 2016, a meeting was held in CARICC with B. Zhunusov, CARICC Director and Petko Draganov, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General/Head of the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy in Central Asia, and Ms. Bakhyt Abdildina, Representative of the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy in Kazakhstan.
During the meeting the parties briefed each other on the goals and challenges facing by two organizations. The parties articulated mutual opinion on the need of bilateral cooperation in the context of the review of possible financing of extremist and terrorist activities as a result of drug trafficking, and other issues. An agreement has been reached in terms of cooperation in a complementary manner. Following the meeting, the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy in Central Asia has been included in the mailing list of recipients of CARICC information products of review and reference nature.

A WORKING VISIT OF CARICC DIRECTOR TO THE UNODC HEADQUARTER IN VIENNA (AUSTRIA)

The 59th session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs was held from 14 to 22 March 2016 in Vienna (Austria). This event was attended Mr. B. Zhunusov, CARICC Director, and A. Sabyrbekov, senior analyst of the Center.
During the session, a side event was held, where the presentation of CARICC was delivered in the context of the possible mechanisms for regional exchange of information in combating transnational drug-related crime. This event was chaired by CARICC Director. Mr. B. Zhunusov, Senior Coordinator of the UNODC Project on CARICC Establishment, Mr. Naveed Riaz, and the head of the UNODC Regional Section for Europe, West and Central Asia, Mr. Alexander Schmidt.

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A meeting with the EU Special Representative for Central Asia was held in CARICC

On the 14th of March 2016, CARICC hosted a meeting with Mr. Peter Burian, the EU Special Representative for Central Asia, and Mrs. Hanna Vuoko, his Advisor on Political Affairs.

The main purpose of the meeting was to familiarize with the Centre’s activities, and to discuss the issues of cooperation in the fight against drug trafficking in Central Asia. During the meeting the parties exchanged views on the prospects of cooperation between CARICC and EU within the framework of existing EU programs in the field of the fight against drugs. The EU Special Representative for Central Asia expressed interest in supporting and strengthening cooperation with CARICC.

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CARICC - Central Asian Regional Information and Coordination Centre for combating the illicit trafficking of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors, established within the Memorandum of Understanding on sub-regional drug control cooperation dated May 4 1996 (Tashkent, Uzbekistan) between the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, the Republic of Uzbekistan and UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). 

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CARICC is established under the UNODC project TD/RER/H22

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