Vietnam, UNODC sign drugs and crime control programme

(VOV) -Vietnam and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) have signed a document on the national programme against drugs and drug-related crime over the 2012-2017 period.

The signing ceremony took place in Hanoi on August 14 in the presence of Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Cao Viet Sinh and UNODC Vietnam Country Director Zhuldyz Akisheva.

The national programme covers five subprograms: anti-transnational organized crime and illegal trafficking; anti-corruption and money laundering; anti-terrorism; criminal justice and HIV/AIDS prevention and control.

Total non-refundable aid for the 2012-2017 national programme costs US$14,457,700.

Addressing the signing ceremony, Sinh said the national programme demonstrates closer cooperation between the Vietnamese Government and the UNODC in realizing their joint plan against drugs and crime for the 2012-2017 period.

He expressed confidence that with the great efforts of Vietnamese agencies and the UNODC and strong support from UN organizations and donors, the national programme would positively contribute to implementing national strategies and targets for drug and crime control.

Jeremy Douglas, UNODC regional representative for Southeast Asia and the Pacific,  said that the programme would help Vietnam adopt UN conventions and protocols in which the UNODC played a global supervisory role.

In addition, it would assist Vietnam in coordinating effectively with Southeast Asian nations in drugs and crime control, he added.