At the adoption of the political declaration by the UN, the German delegation raised their flag and made the following statement:
‘I have the honour to speak on behalf of the following states, Australia, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, St Lucia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, The United Kingdom, and of course Germany.
The aforementioned states declare that they will interpret the term ‘related support services’ used in the Political Declaration and the plan of action as including measures which a number of states, intergovernmental organisations and NGOs call harm reduction measures.
Madame Chair, I request that this statement be annexed to the report of this meeting.’
The German intervention received a sustained round of applause.
A number of countries then intervened to state that they could not support Germany’s intervention. These countries were Russia, Colombia, Argentina, Cuba, USA, Sri Lanka, and Japan.