The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime ( UNODC) pledges to help Vietnam complete its national drug control strategy by 2020 with a vision towards 2030.

Jeremey Douglas , Regional Representative of the UNODC Office for Southeast Asia and the Pacific , made the pledge at a reception held by Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in Hanoi on August 15.

At the reception, Douglas applauded Vietnam’s anti-drug and crime prevention achievements, speaking highly of the nation’s collaborative efforts with the office and regional countries.

He said UNODC and Vietnam’s Ministry of Planning and Investment have inked the national programme on drug and crime prevention for the 2012-2017 period.

The programme will aid the country in approving international conventions and protocols supervised by UNODC and accelerate the country’s approval of relevant articles in Vietnam’s law system.

Deputy Prime Minister Phuc highly valued the office’s support to Vietnam, adding that the programme will make positive contributions to the national goals and strategies on anti-drug and crime prevention.

He said he hopes UNODC will continue to supply medicine to tackle HIV and improve drug rehabilitation, and provide experts in the field to help Vietnam.-VNA