Areas of support:
- Border management and counter trafficking
- Criminal justice
- Drug demand reduction
Border management and counter trafficking: UNODC enhances core capacities of Pakistan law enforcement agencies to reduce illicit traffic and manage borders, primarily by providing training and equipment. UNODC strengthens information collection and the analytical capacities of Government to enable effective decision making at policy level. In addition, UNODC supports regional initiatives for coordination and cooperation, including the Regional Programme for Afghanistan and Region and the Triangular Initiative.
Criminal justice: UNODC provides assistance to build the capacities of the police, prosecution, prisons and reclamation and probation departments. UNODC provides first responder and criminal investigation equipment and training to police forces across the country. Joint training is provided to police and prosecution to increase cooperation. Prison management is strengthened by provision of draft prison rules and training as per international standards. UNODC also provided assistance in the reconstruction of infrastructure and provided equipment to law enforcement agencies affected by the 2010 floods.
Drug demand reduction: UNODC supports the Government’s capacity to plan, resource and implement drug use treatment, rehabilitation and comprehensive harm reduction services. In 2012 UNODC supported the Government of Pakistan to implement the first national drug use survey in the region. UNODC supports treatment and prevention services for vulnerable groups, including female prisoners and injecting drug users.
Mr. Cesar Guedes, UNODC Representative
Cesar Guedes, a Canadian national of Peruvian origin, previously served as UNODC’s Representative in Bolivia. Upon completing his assignment, Cesar Guedes received the national award ‘Condor de los Andes’ – the highest honour conferred by the Bolivian Government to those engaged in rendering services of excellence to the country.
Prior to Bolivia he worked at UNODC HQ in Vienna, Austria, as the Section Chief for Latin America and the Caribbean and was responsible for programmes and their monitoring in seven offices including Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Panama and Peru. Simultaneously, he worked in coordination with the representatives of these offices and the relevant Vienna based permanent missions to the United Nations of the aforementioned countries.
Mr. Guedes has a Master’s in International Relations and Development from the Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University at The Hague, Netherlands and graduation from the International Leadership Academy of the United Nations University.