Georgia and the UN to intensify cooperation in the fight against drug addiction
Georgia, Tbilisi, March 20 / Trend N.Kirtskhalia /
Vice Speaker of Georgian Parliament Gigi Tsereteli received the Head of Mission of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Georgia Signe Rotberg.
This organization works in five areas: organized crime and trafficking, corruption, reform of criminal law, health and life and prevention of terrorism.
In Georgia, the UNODC is actively cooperating with the Police Academy, with all the customs and institutions that are concerned by the illegal importation of drugs and drug issues. Also, the organization has actively promoted the integration of Georgia into a network of international cooperation in this field.
As Trend was reported in the Parliament of Georgia, Signe Rotberg interested in legislative developments in this area recently. As noted by Gigi Tsereteli, coordinated and purposeful work to combat drug addiction has already produced positive results, although the next stage of policy changes and moves from the rigid repressive methods which at the first stage had a deterrent effect on drugs addicted treatment and rehabilitation. Thus, most of the funds received from penalties for drug use, will be used for programs of this type.
According to Tsereteli, UNODC assistance in this area is very important in the development of rehabilitation and treatment programs and to develop a national strategy.
The parties agreed to further intensify cooperation.