On July 27th, 2017, the Norwegian Government and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) signed an agreement on Norway's contribution of NOK 9,000,000 (about USD 1.1 million) for a period of three years. This funding will assist UNODC to carry out activities to enhance the capacity of two divisions of Punjab Police and Prosecution Departments, namely Gujranwala and Rawalpindi. The agreement was signed by the Ambassador of Norway, H.E. Mr. Tore Nedrebø, and the Country Representative of UNODC, Mr. Cesar Guedes, at the UNODC offices in Islamabad.
The new project aims to make the criminal justice system in Pakistan more effective by enhancing its capacity to produce physical evidence against criminal offenders. The means to achieve this will include the employment of more science-based tools and technologies and training police officers in order to bring their investigative and forensic skills up to international standards.
At the signing ceremony, Ambassador Nedrebø expressed his satisfaction with continuing the close cooperation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Country office in Pakistan. He was confident that the new project would provide very useful assistance to the Punjab Police and Prosecution Departments.
The Representative of UNODC, Mr. Cesar Guedes, pointed out that his agency has extensive experience of implementing programmes in cooperation with the police and prosecution authorities in Punjab. “UNODC has provided support to the Police in Gujranwala Region, with an emphasis on investigation, forensics and training, since 2012. The new project will build on this experience,” Mr. Guedes said.