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A regional solution to an Afghan challenge.

Afghanistan currently supplies some 93 per cent of the world's opium. This has negative health, social and security consequences at the regional and world level. The Rainbow Strategy is a regional response to the threat posed by the supply, trafficking and consumption of Afghan opiates. It acknowledges that a national problem demands a regional solution, and therefore engages both Afghanistan and neighbouring countries.

Translating Paris Pact recommendations related to Afghanistan and neighbouring countries into of seven action outlines, the strategy addresses key issues, allowing for constructive engagement with prime actors in the region, facilitating local ownership, and supplementing interventions from national governments and other Paris Pact partners. The approach is pragmatic and realistic, accepting that a long-term engagement is required in order to build confidence and trust.

To view a copy of the Rainbow Strategy Brochure, click here

For more detailed view of the Rainbow Strategy, including situation analysis', related mandates, response as well as resource needs, please click here to access the Rainbow Presentation. Please note it may take a few minutes to download the presentation depending on the speed of your internet connection.

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The Blue Paper
Provincial Profiles

 The Green Paper
Afghanistan, Islamic
Republic of Iran and
Pakistan: Border Management
Cooperation in
Drug Control


The Yellow Paper
Securing Central Asia’s
borders with Afghanistan

The Violet Paper
The Caspian Sea and
Border Initiatives


The Red Paper
Targeting Precursors
Used in Heroin
Operation TARCET


The Orange Paper
Financial Flows linked
to Afghan Opiates Production
and Trafficking



The Indigo Paper
Preventing and Treating
Opiates Addiction and
HIV/AIDS Epidemics
in Afghanistan and
Neighbouring Countries