Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov’s participation in a joint event of the SCO and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, The United Nations and Shanghai Cooperation Organization in the Fight Against Drugs: Common Threats and Joint Actions, held as part of the 61st session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs
On March 12, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) held the joint event, The United Nations and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in the Fight Against Drugs: Common Threats and Joint Actions, as part of the 61st session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna.
Head of the Russian delegation, Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov stressed the strategic importance of the SCO in countering new challenges of our time, including the threat of drugs. It was noted in this context that it is necessary to establish as soon as possible an anti-drug segment of the organisation so as to form an efficient mechanism for countering the spread of drugs from Afghanistan which once again set a record in the production of opiates in 2017. This task is particularly urgent because various foreign groups are failing to curb the production of drugs in Afghanistan.
Mr Syromolotov spoke in detail about the system of training anti-drug personnel for Afghanistan and Central Asian countries in the academies of the Russian Ministry of the Interior and further steps in developing this important anti-drug component.
The head of the Russian delegation paid special attention to the problem of preventing the funding of terrorism from revenues generated from drug trafficking.