Friday, 5 December 2014

Roundtable on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) -- Friday 5th December

There is consensus that there is a negative and mutually reinforcing link between violence, insecurity, and development.  There are six essential elements for delivery y Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Partnership, justice, planet, people, dignity, property.  “Justice” to promote safe and peaceful societies and strong institutions.” Violence reduction is one of these targets, and violent deaths are an indicator.

CND Intersessional -- Friday 5th December

Guatemala.  The delegations talks about drug-trafficking abiding by international commitments in spite of shortage of resources, and how neither drug production nor consumption have decreased.  Human rights, public health, education deserve more international effort and more cooperation because no country can be successful on its own, although the OAS has recognised that Guatemala is a leader in this effort.  Emphasis must be placed on repairing damage to social fabric caused by drug trafficking.  UNGASS is a critical opportunity to impact collective consciousness of humankind.  Do not limit ourselves to reiterating what was said in the past.  An open and multisectoral dialogue must be promoted, including civil society and indigenous communities.  It’s necessary to engage in the most inclusive possible preparatory process for UNGASS reflecting new priorities.  Workshops should be replaced by 5 broadly attended roundtable discussions.

IDPC speech at CND Intersessional - 5th December 2014

Thank you for giving me the floor Mr. Chairman, esteemed delegates.  My intervention on behalf of International Drug Policy Consortium will be in two sections, procedural and substantive, although I believe as the Uruguay representative said yesterday that the procedural is substantive.

I thank the Chair and Secretariat for facilitating civil society involvement in the UNGASS process and welcome the many statements from member states on the importance of civil society in the UNGASS process. 

Meaningful engagement will not be achieved if debates and preparatory workshops remain structured according to CND rules so we need to find different ways of structuring debates so engagement is interactive and meaningful. 

Thursday, 4 December 2014

CND Intersessional – Thursday 4th December, afternoon session

Discussions on draft decision L.17 Rev. 1 continue

(See draft of 2 December 2014 here)

(Mexico and EU going toe to toe on whether the extended bureau should stay on parallel with a new chair and bureau.)

Mexico: We were not invited in the latest round of informal negotiations and they know we are not in a position to reach consensus. This is not going to lead to a good result. The CND plays a significant role for the UNGASS but we have set a deplorable example in the manner we have been conducting ourselves over this issue. Transparent open consultations need to take place.

CND Intersessional – Thursday 4th December, morning session

Thursday morning

Pakistan: Discusses the representation of developing countries at UNODC and at field items.  This need to be kept open until the countries have reached understanding.  Draft decision has to be decided first. 

Chair: The discussion today will under corresponding items of commission’s agenda should first cover budget, and then WG on governance and financial situation of UNODC.

Ambassador of Philippines, representing G77 and China:  Reaffirms importance of CND decisions and CCPCJ.  The constrained financial situation of UNODC and the need to be sustainable is an issue.  Philippines expresses concern that the geographical representation from developing countries and gender balance is inadequate.  This affects to the highest standards and efficiency. Geographical representation must be taken into account, also field officers. 

GRULAC:  Human resources should be a priority at CND and at CCPCJ. The UNODC staff is not balanced and there is low representation in senior positions.  Human resources should become an agenda item of 2 commissions and FINGOV. 

Agenda items 12 and 3 respectively.

Sweden: The delegation comments on budget issues. There is a continued donor confidence in office, as well as a concern with the continual decrease in general donor funding.  A more comprehensive approach and strategic analysis. 

Norway:  The country is one of highest donors. Human rights and gender balance important cross cutting issues.  The implementation of all projects should be in accordance with these.  The HIV section deserves special mention here.

Russia: The country is contributing 1M USD this year to general fund, and in 2010 it contributing with 7 Mill USD.

US: The country contributed with 22millions USD in 2014 for special programs.  It will also support general program.

VNGOC meeting.  Budget discussion on the fee schedule. The aim of the Committee is to enable as many organisations as possible.  The country has voted to make a decision on budget, with some cautions.  The voting system for VNGOC is discussed and the Skype voting is removed. Other voting system is adopted. DESA the criteria for membership.

European Union (EU) Statement on the occasion of the Special segment on the preparations for the UNGASS on the World Drug Problem - 3rd Dec 2014

European Union
Statement on the occasion of the
Special segment on the preparations for the UNGA Special Session on the World Drug Problem to be held in Vienna on 3 December 2014
Thank you, Mr. Chairman,
1.             I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union and its Member States. The following countries align themselves with this statement: the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Iceland, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova, San Marino, Armenia.
2.             We thank you for the revised non-paper circulated on 12 November 2014 and we welcome it as a good basis for continuing preparations for the UNGASS 2016. We also thank the Secretariat for the Report on the preparations for, the possible outcomes of, and organizational matters relating to the 2016 Special Session.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

CND Intersessional Wednesday 3rd December

Morning session

Chair (Ambassador Shamaa) started with Res 57/5 – UNGASS on world drug problem (WDP) – recap of the resolution: ‘Adequate, inclusive and effective preparatory process” and the need of involving all stakeholders. Four intersessional meetings were held in past few months and these were webcast. And a number of lunchtime interactive sessions have been held and a website has been launched to promote an open and transparent dialogue. The resolution 57/5 states that the CND shall lead an open-ended process and this is now approved by ECOSOC and 3rd Committee of the General Assembly.  There is a proposal for a CND Bureau (L.17 Rev 1) which is a draft decision tabled by Thailand and Austria.