Tuesday, 28 October 2014

EU Intervention on the occasion of the 6th Intersessional meeting of the 57th session of the CND

The European Union and its Member States are committed to ensuring that international cooperation in the field of drugs is based on the principies of shared responsability, multilateralism, an integrated, balanced and evidence-based approach, the mainstreaming of development, respect for human rights and human dignity and respect for international conventions, as stated in the EU Drugs Strategy 2013-2020.

Read here the full intervention. 

CND Inter-Sessional Session to discuss preparations for the UNGASS - 23 October 2014


Chair (Ambassador Khaled Shamaa, Egypt) : He welcomes to the 6th Inter-Sessional meeting of the CND during its 57th session.  As part of his role as Chair of the CND, he reported to the Third Committee of the General Assembly on the agenda item in international drug control, in particular on the work of the CND the efforts made prior the UNGASS on drugs 2016. In this regard, he informed on the high level review conducted by the CND on March 2014 and the Joint Ministerial Statement. The Third Committee has approved by consensus the resolution to hold the UNGASS on drugs to be held in 2016, and the recommendation of the social council in its resolution 2014/24 and the same for the final adoption by the Plenary.

Regarding the progress of the resolution CND 57/5 to allow the participation in the preparatory process of a broad range of UN agencies and civil society, he reports that he has met with representatives of UN agencies and they agreed to send the CND contributions to include in the UNGASS website. He was also invited by the VNGOC to participate at the civil society meeting at NY on 10th October and he held the briefing on the work made by the CND and the preparatory work on the UNGASS 2016. The Chair stresses the importance of the CSO operating on the ground to provide information of the lessons learn and the difficulties they face in the implementation of actual projects.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Human Rights Council cross-regional statement on Drugs and Human Rights

Cross-regional statement on Drugs and Human Rights General Debate Item 8

(Monday, September 22nd)

Read by Ambassador Quintana, permanent representative of Colombia in Geneva

Thank you Mr. President.

I have the honour of delivering this statement on behalf of Argentina, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Colombia, Equatorial Guinea, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Panama, Switzerland, Timor-Leste, Uruguay.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

CND Inter-Sessional Session to discuss preparations for the UNGASS 2016 - 4 September 2014


Click here to view the presentations on UNGASS 2016

Chair (Ambassador Khaled Shamaa, Egypt): Began by introducing various procedural matters, and the agenda for the day was adopted. It is expected that UN General Assembly will adopt the UNGASS preparations resolution at their 69th Session. The Chair also encouraged Member States to invite civil society organisations from their countries to submit their contributions onto the UNGASS website – so that Member States can learn about lessons on the ground.

Friday, 18 July 2014

ECOSOC 2014 Session: Item 17 on social and human rights questions

The Economic and Social Council met on 15th and 16th July, during its  2014 Session to discuss item 7 on Social and Human Rights Questions. Item 17(d) focused on narcotic drugs (A/69/87–E/2014/80, E/2013/28/Add.1, E/2014/28 and E/INCB/2013/1). A summary of the discussions is available below.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

CND intersessional – 10th June 2014

Member States gathered at the first intersessional since the 57th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs to discuss issues related to UNGASS, law enforcement, HIV prevention and demand reduction, etc. A summary of the discussions is available below.