Monday, 24 March 2014

Side event: Protecting youth with drug Policy: criminalization has failed

Harm Reduction International

I represent Harm Reduction International but am speaking on behalf of harm reduction organisations from around the world. In recent months we have been discussing what outcomes we want to see from the UNGASS on Drugs in 2016. We have condensed these into two main calls:

First, the time has come for harm reduction to receive the international political recognition it deserves.

Friday, 21 March 2014

Uruguay Ambassador Speech to CND final CND Plenary

Uruguay Delegation Plenary Speech Unofficial Translation (Katherine Pettus)

Vienna, March 21, 2014, 57th session of the CND 
 I shall explain our position on the UNGASS resolution.
  • The world drug problem is complex. Simplistic, one size fits all approaches are inappropriate.  This is why we have always said, in this very hall, that it should be discussed at the highest level, in the most diverse international fora, and from many different perspectives.The new alternative approaches should be discussed.  
  • As a CND member state, we understand that the exercise must be broad, inclusive, and critical, supporting the development of knowledge, and contributing to the evidence-based science on this complex topic, thereby significantly promoting the health and welfare of mankind.
  • That is why it makes sense to call for a special session of the UN.  That is why we have supported Mexico’s initiative from the start, to not have yet another annual CND meeting within the current framework.

Final Debate on UNGASS Resolution Article 6bis in CoW

Alt 6 bis. Further decides that the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, as the central policymaking body of the UN system, dealing with drug related matters shall lead this process, by addressing all organizational and substantive matters in open ended manner and in this regard invites the president of the General Assembly in this regard to support, guide, and stay involved in this process. 

UNGASS resolution deadlock

Chair - L2 - L14, except the one on UNGASS preparation L10.

Special session of the General Assembly on the world drug problem to be held in 2016 E/CN.7/2014/L.10

Chair of CND takes over as Chair of Cow: Ambassador Shamaa

There has been extensive discussions on this text. There has been a lot of work in informal and formals about it. We must do this in a manner as soon as humanly possible, otherwise we'll be in a situation which is inhumanely

Committee of the Whole - E/CN.7/2014/L.5 (discussions)


Raising awareness and strengthening international cooperation in combating drug trafficking, which in some cases, misuses activities related to opium poppy seeds for illicit purposes, also produced from illicit opium poppy crops

Also calls upon MS to consider where appropriate further strengthening bilateral and multilateral cooperation and exchange of information with the INCB within its mandate with a view to contributing effectively toward the implementation of ECOCO resolution 1999/32

Encourages MS in which the import of opium poppy seeds is permitted consistent with ECOSCO resolution 1999/32 28 July 1999 to consider the recommendation 29 of the INCB contained in its 2009 report.