The Paris Pact Conference will be held in Vienna on February 16th
The Paris Pact was created in 2003 upon a French initiative during a ministerial conference on the drug routes from Central Asia to Europe, organized in Paris. The Paris Pact gathers 56 countries and 14 international organizations. The secretariat is ruled by UNODC. The Paris Pact is the main framework for regional and international cooperation, for dialogue and for coordination in the fight against opiates trafficking coming from Afghanistan. Here is the link to the official Paris Pact Website:www.paris-pact.net
After the conferences of Paris (2003) and Moscow (2006), the third conference will take place in Vienna, on February 16th, following the initiative of Russia and with the support of France. The conference is meant to rally the international community and reaffirm the engagement committed by the partner countries regarding the fight against opiates trafficking, in a context when threats deriving from trafficking are growing, whether it is a matter of public health, criminality, corruption, international and regional stability and security.
During the conference, a reinforcement of the Paris Pact partners’ action in four fields will be discussed: the regional cooperation, the fight against the financial flows that are linked to the traffics, the prevention of the diversion of precursor chemicals to be used in the manufacturing of heroine, the drug abuse and the treatment of dependence.
Alain Juppé, the French Minister for Foreign and European Affairs, will participate in the Conference. (Link to the agenda of Alain Juppé).