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Executive Director Antonio Costa Meets with INL Acting Assistant Secretary Paul Simons


Washington, DC
September 24, 2002

Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention (ODCCP) and Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna, with Acting Assistant Secretary Paul Simons of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).

During his recent visit to the Department, the UN Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention (ODCCP) Executive Director Antonio Costa met with INL Acting Assistant Secretary Paul Simons on September 24 to discuss U.S.-funded projects run by ODCCP to strengthen international drug control and crime prevention capabilities. The Department has been an active partner with the UN for many years in enhancing international cooperation and technical means in these fields, and INL pledged nearly $12 million towards ODCCP programs in FY 2002.

Of particular note, ODCCP is implementing a broad range of capacity-building projects in Afghanistan to strengthen the new government’s efforts against illicit opium production and trafficking. Other U.S.-funded ODCCP programs will concentrate on reducing international demand for illicit drugs and combating aspects of international organized criminal activity such as trafficking in human beings, money laundering and official corruption.


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