INCB Activities

Mission to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar

A mission of the Board visited the Republic of the Union of Myanmar from 13 June to 17 June 2016. The mission was led by Mr. Werner Sipp, President of the Board, accompanied by Ms. Ha Fung NG (Cilla) of the INCB secretariat. The objective of the mission was to review drug control developments in the country regarding the implementation of the international drug control conventions since the Board's last mission in 2010.

The mission, which was coordinated by the Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control, held consultations with the Deputy Ministers of the Ministries of Home Affairs and Border Affairs. Meetings with other senior officials of the Police Force, the Attorney General Office and the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Education, Health, Planning and Finance were also held. The mission also visited the 1000-beds General Hospital in Nay Pyi Taw, the Drug Treatment Centre in the Mental Health Hospital and the Myanmar Pharmaceutical Factory in Yangon.

Discussions focused on latest developments in drug control situation in light of the recent political changes in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, legislative proposals and administrative measures of the Government to address drug-related challenges as well as on issues related to the availability of controlled substances for medical needs.  

The findings of the mission will be considered by the Board at its session in November 2016.

 

Mission to the Republic of Argentina

INCB carried out a mission to the Republic of Argentina from 31 May to 3 June 2016. Professor Francisco Thoumi, Member of the Board and its Standing Committee on Estimates, led the mission accompanied by Mr. Stefano Berterame of the INCB secretariat. The objective of the mission was to review drug control developments and progress in the implementation of the international drug control conventions since the Board's last mission to the country in 2006. The mission, which was coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, held consultations with senior officials of the Ministry of Security,  Ministry of Justice, Foreign Affairs, SEDRONAR (Secretariat for Programming Drug Abuse Prevention and the Fight against Drug Trafficking under the Presidency of the Republic), with whom issues relating drug abuse prevention, treatment and services were discussed, and the competent national authority responsible for the control of medicinal products (ANMAT) and representatives of various government departments.  

Consultations were also held with the Office of the Attorney General for combatting drug-related criminal activity (PROCUNAR) and the Financial Information Unit (UIF) of the Ministry of Justice. Discussions took place on matters of interest with representatives of the main federal law enforcement agencies (Federal Police, National Gendarmerie, Customs Service, the Coast Guard, and Airport Security Police (PSA)).

The mission visited a drug treatment centre at the Federal Prison Complex of Ezeiza and the "Casa Educativa Terapéutica (CET)", a community-based therapeutic centre, located in Villa Tranquila, Avellaneda, established to comprehensively address problematic drug use and promote access to health, education and work.  

The findings of the mission will be considered by the Board at its session in November 2016.

 

Mission to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

A high-level INCB mission visited the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan from 8 to 10 May 2016.  The mission was conducted by the President of the Board, Mr. Werner Sipp, accompanied by the Secretary of the Board and a member of the INCB secretariat. The purpose of the mission was to continue consultations with the Government of Afghanistan, which the Board had initiated in May 2000. At that time, INCB  concluded that the situation in the country, if left unattended, seriously endangered the aims of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961 and decided to invoke Article 14 of the 1961 Convention with a view to promote cooperative at the international level.

The mission was received by H. E. Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan; the Minister of Counter Narcotics, H.E. Ms. Salamat Azimi; the Minister of Public Health, H.E. Dr. Ferozudin Feroz; and the Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, H.E. Mr. Assadullah Zamir.  The President of the Board also held consultations with Mr. Mohammad Hanif Atmar, National Security Adviser to the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan  and Mr. Mohammad Shaker Kargar, Special Envoy of the President for the Commonwealth of Independent States and Senior Adviser to the First Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.  Consultations also took place with the Chair and members of the Parliamentary Commission on Counter Narcotics, the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Afghanistan, and representatives of international organisations and the international community.  During his short visit to Afghanistan, the President of the Board also undertook a visit to a treatment and rehabilitation centre accompanied by H.E. Ms. Azimi.

Deliberations focused on the current drug control situation, future prospects, the actions and initiatives of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan as well as the cooperation of the international community.

The findings of the mission will be presented to the Board at one of its future sessions in the course of 2016.

 

Mission to the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam

From 4 to 7 April 2016, a mission of the Board visited the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam. The mission was led by Ms. Jagjit Pavadia, Second Vice President of the Board, accompanied by Mr. Paul Rabbat, Chief of the Convention Evaluation Section of the INCB Secretariat. The objective of the mission was to discuss the implementation by the Socialist Republic Viet Nam of the three international drug control conventions.

The mission which was coordinated by the Standing Office on Drugs and Crime and held  high level talks with senior officials from the Vietnamese Government. Meetings were held with H.E. Mr Vu Duc Dam, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the National Committee for AIDS, Drugs and Prostitution Prevention and Control as well as senior government officials from the ministries of Foreign Affairs, Public Security, Health, Justice, Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, Industry and Trade, Information and Communication. While in the country, the mission also visited a drug treatment centre and held consultations with representatives of civil society groups.

The findings of the mission will be presented to the Board at its next session, scheduled to take place in May 2016. 

 

Mission to the Sultanate of Oman

The first mission of the INCB to the Sultanate of Oman was carried out from 3 to 5 April 2016. The mission was led by Major-General Ahmed Kamel Al-Din Samak, member of the Board accompanied by Ms. Hanifa Rebbani of the INCB secretariat. The objective of the mission was to discuss issues related to the Sultanate's implementation of the three international drug control treaties to which the Sultanate of Oman is party.

The mission held consultations with the Minister of Health, the Attorney General and senior officials from the Omani Government including, the Ministries of Health, Justice, Social Development and the Police Directorate. The mission met with senior officials at the Directorate General of Pharmaceutical Affairs and Drug Control and the National Committee for Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances Affairs. The mission also had the opportunity to visit a detoxification / rehabilitation centre for drug users as well as the oncology department of the Central Muscat Hospital. The mission visited the office of the World Health Organisation in Muscat.

Discussions focused on the trends in trafficking and abuse of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and precursors as well as measures taken or planned to address these issues, in particular, the legislative measures and administrative policies of drug control. Consultations also focused on issues related to the availability of controlled substances for medical needs such as opiates in palliative care as well as drug abuse treatment and rehabilitation services in the Sultanate.

The findings of the mission will be considered by the Board at is forthcoming 115 th to be held in May 2016, and will be reflected in the INCB Annual Report for 2016, which will be published in early 2017.

 

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