Thursday, 7 May 2015

The impact of drug policy on public health

Side event organised by UNAIDS, OSF and Harm Reduction International
The Swiss experience

In Switzerland, the approach is humane and there needs to be a radical rethink of our drug policies.

High-level Thematic Debate in support of the process towards the 2016 Special Session of the General Assembly on the World Drug Problem

All official statements are now available here.

Opening session

H.E. Mr. Sam Kutesa, President of the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly
The world drug problem affects us all. Drug trafficking affects national institutions. Worldwide markets are worth 332 billion dollars. Men, women and children are trapped in poverty, languish in prison. We must do what we can to overcome their vulnerabilities that expose them to illicit drugs. We must uphold the rule of law. Crime prevention and criminal justice should be adequately integrated. Combatting the world drug problem is joint initiative. We must scale up interventions and international cooperation to combat organised crime, under the three drug control conventions. Although the implementation has been incomplete, we must look at improving international cooperation. We need to balance demand and supply reduction strategies and raise awareness of the impact of drugs. We must monitor trafficking trends. We must bring attention to corruption issues. I commend the UNODC for its programmes aimed at improving the lives of many across the world. I welcome exchanges of views for improvement.

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Wednesday, 6 May 2015

5th Civil Society Hearing

Opening Session

Jean Luc Lemahieu, UNODC
I thank the NYNGOC for organising this event, as well as the respective governments for their support. UNODC greatly values the role of NGOs as we approach the 2016 UNGASS. We also support NGOs' participation, their outreach to affected populations, and their role in events. NGOs' role is key as stated in the Joint Ministerial Statement. 117 NGO staff received training from UNODC, 260 participated in discussions. NGOs remain a crucial part of the response to drugs. I thank you for your dedication and your work. UNODC also seeks to overcome the stigma associated with the stigma associated with drugs. UNODC supports the CSTF work and in particular its Global Survey. The essential services provided by NGOs on the ground present a significant resource and we hope will be presented at the UNGASS through the platform supported by UNODC. The platform serves as an e-bay or Match.com to link people and services. We hope that member states provide the funding necessary. We encourage CSOs to continue participating in the process through sharing their experiences on the ground. The UNGASS 2016 website has been designed to promote these contributions. UNODC looks forward to working with you towards the global response to illicit drugs.

Identifying common ground on development for UNGASS 2016

Mr. Cockayne
There are major obstacles for the implementation of our drug policy approach. For alternative development to be dealt with new directions in rural and urban areas, we need to discuss the issue at the 2016 UNGASS. 3 directions:
  • need to use programming to tackle poverty, government presence and access to land
  • need to improve infrastructure, education and access to markets
  • need to use human development indicators and metrics to assess the impacts of drug policies.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Final Plenary evening session of the 58th session of the CND


Chair.  Very late informals and had to wait for documentation. Thanked everyone for staying with us.  This evening we have two remaining agenda items.  Item 9 and 11.  Took care of 10 yesterday.  Eight 8 -- Special session and provision agenda for Special Sessions to be held by Commission.  Preliminary agenda has already been circulated and then at the EB meeting on March 5.  matter has already been discussed in EB meeting last week.  2015/L.14.  Draft decision preliminary agenda.  To be held during 59th session of CND as appears in L14.  Invites commission to approve these two decisions.  No comments.  So decided.

Item 9. Provisional agenda of 59th session of the Commission.  Chairs requested to continue consultations.  No further comments received.  Document 2015 L/15,  Reference will be included under B related to preparations for UNGASS in which CND decided in resolution 69/200.  Adequate, inclusive preparatory process.  In preparation will hold formal meetings including two during reconvened session in December.  Up to 8 during 59th session in March 2016.  Also intercessional meetings will be held.  Invite CND to approve provisional agenda.  No objections.  So decided.

Committee of the Whole - L9. Strengthening international cooperation in preventing and combatting illicit financial flows/money laundering linked to drug trafficking from the anti-money laundering perspective


Chair

There have been heated discussions on this draft. There are a few things that have not reached consensus. 

Egypt

Requests clarification on whether when we are speaking about drug trafficking, can there be licit and illicit drug trafficking?

Russia

We are dealing with illegal activities that have been criminalised, therefore flows of money from this are illicit. However, they also get mixed in with licit financial flows. Both should be tracked.

Monday, 16 March 2015

CND Day 2 - Plenary Session Presentation of Item 10


Agenda item 10

Item 10 is - other matters. Main item is that the CND is to provide a substantial contribution to ECOSOC (The Economic and Social Council) theme of 2015: Managing the transition from Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals’. Commission will provide to ECOSOC a substantial contribution to this theme by 29th of May 2015, following an invitation from President of ECOSOC.