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.

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.