Head of Secretariat addresses high-level meetings of WCO and UNODC, calling for support to the Protocol

Multisectoral coordination, particularly with the involvement of sectors such as health, customs and law enforcement remains critical for the work of the Protocol. In this regard, the Protocol calls for enhanced cooperation between the Convention Secretariat and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the World Customs Organization (WCO). Dr Haik Nikogosian, Head of the Convention Secretariat, addressed high-level meetings of these organizations, namely the Enforcement Committee of WCO (Brussels, 17-21 March 2014) and the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice convened by UNODC (Vienna, 12-16 May 2014), calling for support to multisectoral awareness and coordination which would promote the ratification and entry into force of the Protocol.

Implementation of this new legal international instrument will strengthen public health and will also contribute to substantially to economies, crime prevention and security in countries and internationally.