What do we know about cocaine in the Americas? We discussed about the UNODC available evidence and its technical assistance to address this problem in the region

June 2, 2023. The UNODC-INEGI Center of Excellence in Statistical Information on Government, Crime, Victimization and Justice, in collaboration with the UNODC Office for the Andean Region and Southern Cone, organized a regional webinar to present the main findings and points of special interest flagged by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in its latest World Drug Reports and in its recently published Global Report on Cocaine 2023, one of its kind and which was developed within the framework of the CRIMJUST Global Program, funded by the Service for Foreign Policy Instrument (FPI) of the European Union as part of the Global Illicit Flows Programme (GIFP). The event had 421 attendees.

The available evidence for the Americas was presented by Leonardo Correa, Research Officer of the UNODC Global Illicit Crop Monitoring Program, and commented by Steven Dudley, InSight Crime Co-director / Co-founder and Juan Diego Posada, Editor and Investigator from the same organization.

The event also featured an intervention by the UNODC Representatives in the region about the collaboration with governments responding to this phenomenon in the region in the framework of the UNODC Strategic Vision for Latin America and the Caribbean for 2022-2025: Candice Welsch, UNODC Representative for the Andean Region and Southern Cone, Melissa Flynn Deputy Representative from the Regional Office for Central America and the Caribbean, Elena Abbati for Brazil and Kristian Hölge for Mexico.

The webinar was moderated by Angela Me, Chief of the UNODC Research and Analysis Trend Branch, who highlighted the value and importance of country-reported data to UNODC in generating quality research globally, inviting attendees to explore the Global Report on Cocaine and other reports developed by this area.

UNODC invites countries in the region to request technical assistance and collaborate with UNODC through its field offices and the UNODC-INEGI Center of Excellence.

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