19th July 2021
H.E. Philbert Abaka Johnson and the staff of the Mission, on Monday, 19th July 2021, embarked on a fact finding mission to the Laboratory of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). It was also to explore possibilities for deeper cooperation between the Ghana and the UNODC in dealing with the drug menace.
The UNODC laboratory provide scientific and forensic services to three hundred ( 300 ) labs in eighty (80) countries, including the training of frontline officers on how to detect drugs and precursors in their field of work.
The UNODC laboratory was originally founded in 1954 to undertake scientific research on opium, cannabis and other substances under international control, currently ensures worldwide availability and accessibility of internationally accepted standards for forensic best practices.
It assist Member States to improve national forensic capacity and capabilities to meet internationally accepted standards of performance, and promotes the use of scientific and forensic data in strategic operations , policy and decision making .
The UNODC laboratory also offers an ideal focal point for drug analysis and forensic science activities worldwide and partners with international organizations and associations of forensic science institutes, and leading drug analysis and forensic services.
Chief of the laboratory and Scientific Section of the United Nations in Vienna, Dr. Justice Tettey, underscored that , through the laboratory, UNODC has not only restored the vision of the General Assembly in supporting countries to deal with the drug problem, but gone further in helping to identify emerging threats and support countries in a timely manner, to reduce the negative impact of threats.