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UNODC presents the Regional Programme for SEE and highlights the importance of the WB IISG

UNODC presented, at its Ninth meeting of the Programme Steering Committee today, the Regional Programme for South Eastern Europe. The Executive Director of UNODC, Mr. Yury Fedotov, in his opening statement highlighted the importance of regional ownership, the newly adopted EU Enlargement Strategy and encouraged all international partners to follow the integrative approach in regional cooperation and coordination through the Western Balkan Integrative Internal Security Governance (IISG).

UNODC Chief of Regional Section for Europe, West and Central Asia, and Regional Representative for South Eastern Europe, Mr. Alexandre Schmidt and his team, presented the results of UNODC work in South Eastern Europe in 2017, which were highly praised and well recognized by Permanent Representatives of Countries of the SEE Region to the United Nations in Vienna, donors, other partner countries, UN representatives and international organisations and partners, including the WB IISG.

The WB IISG Chair, Mr Rajko Kozmelj, particularly thanked UNODC for their commitment, engagement and support to all three pillars of the WB IISG, which has contributed considerably to the conversion of the WB IISG initiative into a leading internal security policy cycle in the WB Region, which follows EU, UN and other internationally recognized standards. The EU Enlargement strategy adopted, which puts the security and the rule of law high on the agenda, regional ownership and funding provided by the EU and other respective donors, bring motivation and determination on the side of Beneficiaries and implementing partners that the three WB IISG action plans, foreseen to be endorsed by the IISG Board on 16th March, will be well implemented in the period 2018-2020.

UNODC presented also their workplan for the South Eastern Europe in 2018, which has been developed in parallel with the three WB IISG action plans, and where the UNODC priorities are clearly reflected. This kind of cooperation between international partners and with Beneficiaries presents a case model for the WB IISG.