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    1 November 2017

    Amended Media Advisory

    Note to journalists: The following event will now be held in conference room C4 (C-Building, 7th floor, VIC) and the press briefing time has changed to 10.30am.

    Government of Colombia and UNODC sign project to reduce illicit crops and strengthen integrated rural development

    As part of the overall Peace Agreement, the project helps Colombian farmers to embrace Alternative Development

    Vienna, 1 November 2017 (UN Information Service) - On Friday 3 November, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Yury Fedotov, and High Commissioner on Post Conflict, Human Rights and Security of Colombia, Rafael Pardo Rueda, will sign a cooperation project on Alternative Development, as part of the overall Colombian Peace Agreement.

    In November 2016, the Colombian government signed a peace agreement, which ended 50 years of conflict. Chapter 4 of the peace agreement is entitled: "Solving the Problem of Illicit Drugs".

    The Alternative Development programme, designed and applied by UNODC, will encourage coca farmers to grow licit crops such as cacao, spices and coffee.

    Journalists are invited to:·    

    • 10 am: a photo-opportunity of the signing ceremony in conference room C4, C Building, Vienna International Centre, Vienna; and
    • 10.30 am: a press briefing with Mr. Pardo Rueda and UNODC Representative in Colombia Bo Mathiasen in the room C0735, 7th Floor, C Building, Vienna International Centre, Vienna.


    Media representatives wishing to attend the event, but who do not have accreditation, should write to press[at] no later than Thursday, 2 November, 15:00.

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    For further information, please contact:

    David Dadge
    Spokesperson, UNODC
    Telephone: (+43 1) 26060-4309
    Mobile: (+43-681) 8437-0319
    Email: sarah.haeckel[at]