Against such a backdrop, he argued, as many other speakers had, that alternative development programmes should be a major pillar of the global effort to curb the drug trade.Many speakers said that, to ensure their sustainability, such alternative development programmes should be adequately financed and sufficiently expansive in scope.Peru’s representative said drug trafficking should clearly be fought in a synchronised manner on multiple fronts.Notwithstanding statistics from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) that pointed to declines in the global production of cocaine and heroin, anti-drug efforts should be intensified.Underlining the growing concern in the Caribbean with human trafficking, he said CARICOM had worked with the International Organization for Migration to develop regional guidelines to counter it.
It was also connected to other criminal activities, like money laundering, arms and human trafficking, and corruption.
Speaking late in the afternoon, a representative of that Institute said it was encouraging that nearly a quarter of the countries in Africa had contributed to its functioning.
Nevertheless, the institute’s board had found it necessary to call on the Secretary-General to increase funding to the Institute from the United Nations’ regular budget and he asked the Committee to consider recommending an increase to its “subsidy”, to help pay for the salaries of the main administrative officers.
Security was so vital to the region that the heads of Caribbean Governments had recently established the Treaty of Chaguaramas, which added security as the fourth pillar of regional integration.
A council of ministers responsible for national security and law enforcement and a regional task force on crime and security had been set up.