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UNODC in Montenegro

What is UNODC?
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime. Established in 1997 through a merger between the United Nations Drug Control Programme and the Centre for International Crime Prevention, UNODC operates in all regions of the world through an extensive network of field offices. UNODC is mandated to assist Member States in their struggle against illicit drugs, crime and terrorism. In the Millennium Declaration, Member States also resolved to intensify efforts to fight transnational crime in all its dimensions, to redouble the efforts to implement the commitment to counter the world drug problem and to take concerted action against international terrorism.
The three pillars of the UNODC work programme are: 
  • Field-based technical cooperation projects to enhance the capacity of Member States to counteract illicit drugs, crime and terrorism as well as to expand the knowledge of national stakeholders and experts  on evidence based practices related to drug use prevention and treatment of persons with substance abuse disorders.
  • Research and analytical work to increase knowledge and understanding of drugs, crime and health related issues and expand the evidence base for policy and operational decisions.
  • Normative work to assist States in the ratification and implementation of the relevant international treaties, the development of domestic legislation on drugs, crime and terrorism, and the provision of secretariat and substantive services to the treaty-based and governing bodies
In pursuing its objectives, UNODC makes every effort to integrate and mainstream the gender perspective, particularly in its projects for the provision of alternative livelihoods, as well as those against human trafficking.

What does UNODC do in Montenegro?

UNODC work in Montenegro can be summarized as follows: 
  • UNODC Regional Programme for South Eastern Europe 
The main framework for the UNODC engagement in the country. 
  • UNODC-WCO joint "Container Control Programme" (CCP)
The CCP is implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior and the Customs Administration of Montenegro through the functioning of the Joint Container Control Unit (JCCU) in the port of Bar. The JCCU has an important role in the fight against illicit trade and drug trafficking through containerized shipments into Montenegro and has made a number of significant seizures of counterfeit goods and narcotics.
  • UNODC-WHO drug dependence treatment and care" programme
The programme is conducted together with the Ministry of Health of Montenegro with the objective to promote and support evidence based and ethical treatment policies, strategies and interventions to reduce the health and social burden caused by drug use and dependence. The programme is structured along four generic lines of activities: * supporting drug treatment related assessment, data collection, monitoring and evaluation as well as research and the development of technical tools; * supporting capacity building on evidence-based drug dependence treatment and care; * supporting drug dependence treatment service development and service delivery; * supporting advocacy related activities and the development of evidence-based policies on drug dependence treatment and care.
  • "Prevention of drug use, HIV/AIDS and crime among young people through family skills training programmes in low- and middle-income countries" and Lions Quest" Skills for Adolescence" programme
The programmes are implemented together with the Ministry of Education of Montenegro with the goal of consolidating and coordinating efforts to pilot and implement evidence-based prevention activities, focusing on the family and school, and based on the standards and guidelines. The programmes have so far reached 38 elementary school and over 1,500 students and families in Montenegro.
  • Countering and preventing trafficking in person and protection of victims, terrorism prevention and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction as well as anti-money laundering and financing of terrorism.
  • UNODC Regional Programme for South Eastern Europe is also the primary operational vehicle for the activities in Montenegro of the Paris Pact Initiative. The Paris Pact Initiative is a partnership made up of 58 partner countries and 22 partner organizations including UNODC and one of the most important frameworks for combating  illicit traffic in opiates originating in Afghanistan. The Paris Pact Initiative's main priorities are regional initiatives, combating against illicit financial flows and trafficking of precursors as well as drug prevention and health. One part of the Paris Pact's activities in Montenegro is related to data collection, research and analytical work.
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The UNODC Regional Programme for South Eastern Europe (2016-2019) is the Office’s key framework for the work with the jurisdictions in the region. It has been designed and developed through an inclusive and participatory consultative process based on the added value of UNODC. UNODC operates in South Eastern Europe against a backdrop of the EU accession processes, and, while building on previous achievements, further supports the region in key areas related to EU accession processes while ensuring effective inter-connectivity between national and regional responses in the wider context of the UNODC’s inter-regional drug control approach.

The Regional Programme is working within its three sub-programmes:
I. Illicit Drug Trafficking and Transnational Organized Crime
II. Justice, Corruption and Terrorism
III. Drug Demand Reduction

In Montenegro, the UNODC Regional Programme will focus in the future in particular on the areas of anti-money laundering and counter-financing of terrorism, as well as related fields.
UNODC Montenegro contact information
Ekaterina Kolykhalova
Programme Officer
Regional Section for Europe, West and Central Asia,
Division for Operations, UNODC
Tel.: +43-1-26060-5766