The first intersessional meeting of the 64th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) took place from 19-21 October 2021, attended by representatives of the Office for Combating Drugs of the Government of the Republic of Serbia via an online platform, which included thematic sessions on the implementation of all international drug policy commitments, following-up to the 2019 Ministerial Declaration.

At the first session on October 19, entitled “Links between drug trafficking and organized crime”, a representative of the civil society organization Fundacion objectivo cero, from the state of Colombia, pointed out that the situation regarding the fight against terrorism, development of social protection systems and rate reduction murders better than in the previous twenty years. However, in the Pacific region of Colombia, coca cultivation has increased by 97.4% in the past ten years, indicating that this region is facing major changes that hinder the further development of this area, while the representative of the civil society organization Center for Governance Research (CGR) from Pakistan stated that about 87% of heroin was smuggled from Afghanistan through the neighboring countries of Pakistan, Iran and Tajikistan, further east and west.

On October 20, a second session entitled “Money-laundering arising from drug trafficking” was held, at which a representative of the civil society organization Drug Policy Network South East Europe, from the Republic of Serbia (DPNSEE), pointed out that the issue of confiscated proceeds of crime partly related to money laundering are of great importance for the countries of South East Europe, especially for the Western Balkans countries bearing in mind that the region is known as the Balkan route in the line of drug trafficking, and intensified activities undertaken by members of public order and justice authorities against members of organized criminal groups, both in the countries of the region and beyond.

On October 21, the last session of the intersessional meeting entitled “Cybercrime” was held, at which the participants had the opportunity to get acquainted with the data of the Global Drug Policy Observatory (UK), which determined that the rate of transition from offline to online drug transactions has accelerated recently as a direct consequence of policies and practices the implementation of laws designed to reduce drug demand.