INCB Activities

 

Mission to Kosovo

PRISTINA, 28 June 2019 - From 23 to 27 June 2019, the INCB conducted a mission to Pristina, Kosovo [1] to review the drug control situation there with a view of facilitating access to controlled substances while preventing their diversion.

The mission was led by Ambassador (ret.) David Johnson, Member of the Board, supported by Mr. Nodirjon Ibragimov of the INCB secretariat. The mission was facilitated by the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMiK).

The delegation met with the representatives of Kosovo agencies involved in pharmaceutical regulation; the administration of justice, including prosecutorial services and the judiciary; law-enforcement, customs and forensics; and public health, addiction treatment and rehabilitation.

The INCB delegation also met with leaders of the international community supporting local institutions, including the EU Office in Pristina, EULEX, the OSCE Mission, UNDP, UNODC, and UNMiK. In addition, meetings were held with officials from the NGO "Labyrinth", which provides opioid substitution treatment and other elements of a comprehensive treatment and reintegration programme and with the leader of the NGO Community Development Fund, which supports "Labyrinth". 

The findings of the mission will be reviewed by the Board at its 126 th session in November 2019.

 

Mission to Austria

VIENNA, 21 June 2019 - From 17 to 19 June 2019, the INCB conducted a mission to Austria to review the country's experiences and practices in fulfilling the aims of the international drug control conventions. Ambassador (ret.) David Johnson, a Board member, and Ms. Karin Esposito, from the INCB Secretariat, represented the Board. The mission was organized by Austria's Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection.

The mission met with Federal Minister for Labour, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection, Brigitte Zarfl, and senior officials from the Ministries of Interior; Constitutional Affairs, Reforms, Deregulation and Justice; and Finance. In addition, the INCB mission visited an outpatient treatment center and met with the leader of Checkit!, a mobile illicit drug evaluation service. A meeting with the Austrian Agency for Food and Health Safety (AGES) focused on the Austrian Government's cultivation of cannabis to be exported and processed for medical purposes. Consultations were also held with multiple civil society groups and the mission visited a correctional services center dedicated to the treatment of drug offenders.

The findings of the mission will be reviewed by the Board at its 126th session in November 2019.

 

Mission to Norway

VIENNA, 28 May 2019 - An INCB mission visited Norway from 21 to 23 May 2019, with the goal of discussing the country's implementation of the three international drug control conventions and reviewing the drug control situation in the country. The mission was led by Dr. Galina Korchagina, Member of the Board, accompanied by Ms. Ha Fung Ng (Cilla) of the INCB secretariat.

The INCB mission met with the Minister of Health and Care Services, the State Secretary and senior officials from the Ministry of Justice and Public Security, the Directorate of Health, the Director General and senior officials of the Norwegian Medicines Agency, the Directorate of Norwegian Customs, senior officials from the Public Health Institute and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the secretariat of the public committee responsible for drug reform. The mission also met with representatives from the Municipality of Oslo and visited the drug consumption room.

The mission held discussions with representatives of the civil society and the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Drug Statistics Methodology, part of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

The findings of the mission will be reviewed by the Board at its 126th session in November 2019.

 

Mission to Côte d'Ivoire

VIENNA, 29 April 2019 - The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) recently undertook a country mission to Côte d'Ivoire from 23 to 25 April 2019. The mission was led by Prof. Jallal Toufiq, First Vice President of the Board, who was accompanied by Mr. Martin Dessart of the INCB secretariat.

The objective of the mission was to review the implementation of the three international drug control conventions by Côte d'Ivoire, examine drug policy developments since the last mission of the Board in 1998, and assess what emerging drug control issues face the country. The mission was organized by the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights of Côte d'Ivoire.

During the country visit, the mission met with H.E. Mr. Daouda Diabaté, Secretary-General of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Mr. Mamadou Krouma, Secretary-General of CILAD. Additionally, the mission held meetings with officials from the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and Customs. The mission also conducted a site visit of CRFLD (Centre Regional de Formation à la Lutte contre la Drogue) a Government run treatment centre outside Abidjan. Additional meetings were held with various NGOs dealing with drug treatment, prevention and rehabilitation based in Côte d'Ivoire.

The findings of the mission will be considered by the Board at its 125th session in May 2019.

 

Mission to Montenegro

VIENNA, 16 April 2019 - An INCB mission visited Montenegro from 9 to 11 April 2019, with the goal of discussing the country's implementation of the three international drug control conventions and reviewing the drug control situation in the country. The mission was led by Dr. Galina Korchagina, Member of the Board, accompanied by Ms. Raechelle Newman-Smajli of the INCB secretariat. It was the first mission of INCB to Montenegro.

The INCB mission met with the Minister of Health, the President of the High Court in Podgorica, the Director of the Agency for Medicines and Medical Devices of Montenegro, and senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education, the Police Administration, the Special State Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica, and the Customs Administration. The mission visited the Rehabilitation Centre Kakaricka Gora and the customs outpost Božaj.

The mission met with representatives of civil society and visited Reto Centar, a non-governmental rehabilitation centre. The mission also held discussions with the United Nations Resident Coordinator, the Head of the World Health Organization Country Office, and other United Nations officials.

The findings of the mission will be reviewed by the Board at its 125th session in May 2019.

 

Mission to Mauritania

VIENNA, 5 April 2019 - From 2 to 4 April 2019, the Board undertook a mission to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania with the goal of discussing the country's implementation of the three international drug control conventions.

While in Nouakchott, the INCB delegation held discussions with the Minister of Health, the Minister of the Interior, the Minister of Education, the Minister of Social Solidarities, Family and Children as well as senior officials from the Central Office on the Fight against Drugs and Directorate of Pharmacy. The Delegation also visited the Nouakchott psychiatric hospital.

The findings of the mission will be reviewed by the Board at its 125th session in May 2019.

 

Mission to Uzbekistan

VIENNA, 3 April 2019 - An INCB mission visited Uzbekistan from 25 to 28 March 2018. The mission was conducted by Professor Sevil Atasoy, member of the Board, and Ms. Szilvia Petkov of the INCB secretariat. It was the first mission of INCB to the country. The mission was coordinated by the National Information-Analytical Centre on Drug Control under the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan (NCDC).

The objective of the mission was to review and discuss with the Government the drug control situation in Uzbekistan and the status of implementation of the three international drug control conventions to which Uzbekistan is a party, including reporting to and cooperation with INCB in accordance with the Conventions. The situation of, and the actions by the Government to counter drug trafficking, to prevent drug abuse and to provide treatment and rehabilitation for drug dependent persons were also discussed.

The mission met with Mr. Ismatdjan K. Azizov, Chairman of the Licit Drug Control Committee under the Ministry of Public Health; Mr. Oleg Mustafin, Chief Narcologist under the Ministry of Public Health; Mr. Sherzod Nabiyev, Head of the Counter-Narcotics Department of the Ministry of Interior; Mr. Bakhtiyor Rahimov, Deputy Chairman of the State Customs Committee; as well as senior officials from Ministry of Justice, the General Prosecutor's Office, and NCDC. The mission also had a discussion with an NGO and visited the Tashkent City Narcological Dispensary.

The findings of the mission will be reviewed by the Board at its 125th session in May 2019.

 

Mission to Sri Lanka

VIENNA, 2 April 2019 - An INCB mission visited Sri Lanka from 25 to 28 March 2018. The mission was conducted by Professor Richard Mattick, member of the Board, and Ms. Ha Fung NG (Cilla) of the INCB secretariat. The last INCB mission visited Sri Lanka in 2002. The mission was organized by the National Dangerous Drugs Control Board (NDDCB), Ministry of Defence.

The objective of the mission was to review the drug control situation in Sri Lanka and the full implementation of the three international drug control conventions to which Sri Lanka is a party, including reporting to and cooperation with INCB in accordance with the Conventions. The situation of, and the actions by the Government to counter drug trafficking, to prevent drug abuse and to provide treatment and rehabilitation for drug dependent persons were also discussed.

The mission met with Mr. Hemasiri Fernando, Secretary, Ministry of Defence; Hon. Thalatha Atukorale, Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms; Hon. Jayantha Jayasuriya, Attorney General; Ambassador Ravinatha P. Aryasinha, Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Mr. Pujitha Jayasundara, Inspector General of Police; Professor Saman Abeysinghe, Chairman of NDDCB; Dr. Samantha Kithalawaarachchi, Director of Presidential Task Force on Drug Prevention; Commissioner Generals of Customs, Excise, and Prisons, as well as senior officials in the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health. The mission also had discussion with NGOs and visited Nawadiganthaya Treatment Center.

The findings of the mission will be reviewed by the Board at its 125th session in May 2019.

 

Mission to Chile

VIENNA, 2 April 2019 - An INCB mission visited Chile from 27 to 29 March 2019. The mission was led by Mr. Luis Alberto Otárola Peñaranda, member of the INCB, and Mr. Stefano Berterame of the INCB secretariat. The last INCB mission visited Chile in 2001. The mission was organized by the Ministry of Interior and Public Security.

The objective of the mission was to review the drug control situation in Chile and the implementation of the three international drug control conventions, to which Chile is a party, including reporting to and cooperation with INCB in accordance with the conventions. The mission also discussed the actions taken by the Government to counter drug trafficking, to prevent drug abuse and to provide treatment and rehabilitation services for drug dependent persons.

The mission met with Mr. Jorge Abbott, Public Prosecutor of the Republic, Ms. Paula Daza, Vice-Minister of Public Health, Ambassadors Patricio Torres and Armin Andereya of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Pia Greene, Chief of the Division of Public Security of the Ministry of Interior and Public Security, Mr. Carlos Charme, National Director of the National Service for the Prevention and Rehabilitation of Drug and Alcohol Abuse (SENDA). In addition, the mission met with senior officials from the Financial Investigation Unit, Anti-Money Laundering Unit, Police Investigation Unit, Carabineers of Chile, Customs, and the General Directorate of the Maritime Territory of the Navy. The mission visited the Drug Treatment Courts and the oncology Department of the Children's Hospital Roberto del Rio. In addition, the mission met representatives of civil society organizations engaged in the prevention and treatment of drug dependence. The findings of the mission will be reviewed by the Board at its 125th session in May 2019.

 

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