Under the security cooperation agreement called the Merida Initiative, the United States provides military and law enforcement assistance to the Mexican government in support of efforts to combat drug cartels and organized crime. The United States and Mexico jointly developed this agreement in response to a substantial increase in drug-related criminal activity and violence on both sides of the border.
The United Nations International Drug Control Programme published this report, UNIDC: Facing the Challenge in December 1997. It discusses drug threats, traficcking, reducing demand and production, and includes UN narcotics conventions.
The Narcotics Convention of 1931 (full name Convention for Limiting the Manufacture and Regulating the Distribution of Narcotic Drugs, and Protocol of Signature) was signed on July 13, 1931 and entered into force on July 9, 1933.
The Harrison Narcotics Tax Act of 1914 was approved on December 17, 1914. It involved "a special tax on all persons who produce, import, manufacture, compound, deal in, dispense, sell, distribute, or give away opium or coca leaves, their salts, derivatives, or preparations, and for other purposes."
The UN General Assembly, at its Twentieth Special Session on September 8, 1998, agreed to the Action Plan on International Cooperation on the Eradication of Illicit Drug Crops and on Alternative Development.
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