Item 12. Inter-agency cooperation and coordination of efforts in addressing and countering the world drug problem

Director of Division for Policy Analysis, UNODC: conference room papers CRP.5 and CRP.10 have been submitted to this session. UNGASS outcome document reaffirmed purpose of collaboration and strengthening international cooperation. UNODC joins forces with other UN agencies and Secretariat supports CND to strengthen cooperation, including status of women and UN Statistical Commission, and SDGs. Want to share examples of join efforts. Additional information and examples can be found in CRP.5. UNODC continued close cooperation with other agencies. Piloted other projects, one in Afghanistan. Alternatives to punishment are available. UNODC contributed to development of strategies for HIV/AIDS and people who inject drugs. Also the office continued implementation and support to strategies on human rights, public health, PWUD and people in prison. UNODC and OHCHR are working together on work in Colombia. Worked on legal aids for PWUD and PLHIV. Also implementing joint project on security of trade supply. […] Following decision by Executive Committee, UNODC has been tasked to lead coordination with other UN entities for issues in the 2016 UNGASS Document. Through a network of focal points, UNODC has been maintained close dialogue with these partners. Experts from UN Women, UNDP, OHCHR among others presented on thematic areas of UNGASS document. Working tools have enabled practical implementation. During internal meeting of CEB, principles to make best expertise available and provide balanced approaches. Implementation of drug control policy in line with international cooperation. Facilitated task team under UN common position and coordinate data collection. First output has just been issued – What we have learnt over last 10 years – made available in conference room paper 10. Focused on drug policy issues. Provides summary of key issues. These are just some commitments of the UNODC

EU: On behalf of Turkey, Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania, Bosnia, Ukraine, Iceland, Moldova, Armenia, San Marino and Georgia – the EU and its member states welcome the ministerial segment the un member states strongly encourage the complete implementation of the UNGASS document. In order to obtain improvements our efforts should be invested into new psychoactive substances and the dark net. We like to emphasise the need to enhance coherence within the un at all levels and between civil society and NGOs. we fully recognise the importance of availability of controlled substances such as opioid medication. We underline the importance of working with civil society and the private sector given their expertise. The EU encourage this model of increased cooperation. In the same vein we encourage data sharing between UNODC un and other relevant un bodies. In order to address the world drug problem, we need multidisciplinary approaches putting those who are most vulnerable at the front.

Chile: International efforts – we would like to highlight drug treatment tribunals, on social integration issues. The idea is therapeutical justice – to encourage rehabilitation and changes in offenders. Success revealed by adults now have 9% relapse compared to 70%. Drug trafficking observatory includes info from judicial anti drug orgs. Also like to highlight work of Chilean Observatory on drugs on drug and alcohol consumption. Info from observatory is fed into larger network of drug observatories and CICAD. Chilean office partakes in this. National service for prevention and rehab prevents drug consumption from a public health point of view. Has impact on their health – wish to promote healthy lifestyle. Human rights and international justice standards important. CND as main body of drug policy.

South Africa: 2009 PD resulted in South Africa strengthening policies, national security and awareness. Talking international awareness remains a key policy for South Africa. Need to address national and transnational drug trafficking networks. We engage in several ongoing join operations in intelligence and law enforcement. Operation Lionfish. Trilateral agreement to counter drug trafficking. Enhance security at ports and other ports of entry. […] Appreciate support from foreign agencies to strategically cover organized crime. South Africa is committed to strengthening its relationship with other law enforcement agencies.

USA: CND has leading role in international drug policy. Appreciation of UNODC’s efforts. Remain committed to 2016 UNGASS doc as most recent consensus. CND res 60/6 provides us with a guide for international cooperation. CND responsible for facilitating these efforts. UN agency cooperation called for is highly technical. Use every capacity available, but stay focused on advancing health and welfare of all mankind. Pleased to chair expert meeting in December, with input from WHO and INCB. From there we had better understanding, looking forward to launching toolkit. We can be most impactful in our efforts.

Mexico: Like to take opportunity to acknowledge efforts made by CND and the executive secretariat of UNODC to generate synergies within joint work. Welcome fact that progress is being made in reference to the UNGASS document. Like to acknowledge progress made in the document. Summary of knowledge acquired by UN system on drug related matters written by UN taskforce. Also like to acknowledge the implementation of synergies and importance of guidelines on human rights and drug policies as opportunities for progress.

Jamaica: We are grateful for efforts to follow up 2016 document. Useful tools. Need to take into account national contexts. Recommendations of 7 thematic areas. We welcome various efforts in international cooperation to address world drug problem. Consideration of role of UNODC as primary body and look forward to future efforts.

Belgium: we endorse EU statements. Highlight issue that balanced approach is key – key commitments and recommendations for SDG3.5 and 3.8. Underscore how important it is for international cooperation. UNAIDS, UNDP, OHCHR among others in intersessional – we saw complementary approaches. Would be useful at regional and subregional levels. Making available resources from other orgs.

Korea: Cooperation with WHO and INCB important. International cooperation important. Express our commitment to communicate more with UN. I urge the UN to support our Republics efforts in ending the world drug problem. We are considering hosting Asia Pacific region in 2020. […]

Secretariat: L3 informals going on now, as well as L9.

Chair: Meeting adjourned – Item 13 tomorrow from 10am

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