Plenary- Item 12. Adoption of the report of the Commission on its sixty-third session

Dominka Krois (Vice Chair): We had very successful meetings. The session was closed yesterday before 6pm. We managed to adopt all 5 resolutions. Member states showed constructive spirit. Many thanks to all delegates.

Chair: Thank you for your work. I request any comments relating to editorial and translation matters to provide these in writing directly to the secretariat. I ask delegations wishing to cosponsor a resolution to wait until asked to do so.

Secretary: There were a total of 5 draft proposals. Resolutions of L2, L3, L4, L5, L6.

L2- Promoting efforts by member states to counter the world drug problem.

Chief Budget Section: In accordance with rule 28 of rules and procedures OP10 of draft resolution. We began OP10. It was estimated extra-budgetary resources of 149,000 USD would be required to further develop the toolkit on synthetic drugs.

Chair: Invite the commission to adopt the resolution. It is adopted. Cosponsors? UK, Ecuador, El Salvador, Afghanistan

L3. Promoting efforts by Member States to address and counter the world drug problem, in particular supply reduction-related measures, through effective partnerships with private sector entities

Chair: Sponsored by: Australia, Croatia (on behalf of EU), Georgia, Honduras, Mexico, NZ, Norway, Colombia

Financials:

OP7: $434,600 USD required to make standards – 2 handbooks on drug use and drug trafficking

OP9: $265,000 for reconvening scientific network

OP10: $197,000

No additional budget considerations. Resolution adopted.

Canada: Resolution highlights needs for data collection. Supports Common Position on drug related matters through effective interagency collaboration. Welcome the work of the UN System Task Team

Mexico: Revised ARQ. Good steps towards accountability. Adoption of this questionnaire – complying with main task. Reiterate the appeal made yesterday to strengthen collaboration between CND and statistics commission. And task team by CEB to strengthen the tools for data collection invite states to look at 5.5 in common position. Takes into account the tools across UNODC WHO and UNAIDS to strengthen capacity on existing information to address challenges raised by drugs

Switzerland: Well issues at hand – agenda item 7 – UN system common position on interagency approaches – bring coordinating role to Vienna agencies. Key role in coordinating data collection in order to promote scientific evidence based data on all areas of drug problem. We propose it to become a main item on next CND agenda and recognise the Common Position. Welcome statements by Canada and EU.

New Zealand: Align with Canada and EU. Improving situation is vital. Support UN System Common Position and work of the task team. Thanks to cosponsors of resolution.

European Union: Norway aligns itself with this statement; Australia and Uruguay associated themselves to the statement. Welcome this resolution based on consensus. Resolution is consistent and highlights need for effective collaboration. We encourage UN entities to encourage coordination with range of agencies. Collection and analysis of data is crucial. Support Common Position and UN Agency task team. Needed to tackle drug related challenges.

Cosponsors: Russia, Uruguay, Albania, Kenya, UK, Peru, Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Afghanistan, Switzerland, Canada, Nth Macedonia, Montenegro

L4. Promoting awareness-raising, education and training as part of a comprehensive approach to ensuring access to and the availability of controlled substances for medical and scientific purposes and improving their rational use 

Secretary: The next proposal is L4. Promoting awareness-raising, education and training as part of a comprehensive approach to ensuring access to and the availability of controlled substances for medical and scientific purposes and improving their rational use, sponsored by Argentina, Australia, Croatia (on behalf of the EU), El Salvador, Georgia, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay and Colombia.

Chair: Financial implications?

Budget office: Extrabudgetary resources 96,000 dollars for the report and related activities if resources are made available. The adoption of L4 would not entail additional budgetary implications with regard to the general budget.

Chair: Resolution adopted. Statements?

Australia: On behalf of the sponsors, we’re delighted with the adoption, which addresses crucial barriers for the availability of substances for medical and scientific purposes. Without objective information for everyone and adequate capacity, patients remained left out. There’s a disproportionate risk for children in this regard. Providing evidence based guidelines and tools. Further improved, coordinated, and effective support by WHO, UNODC, INCB, we can improve our efforts in this area.

Australia (on behalf of Australia and Belgium): We encourage countries to work on the availability and access of controlled substances for medical purposes. Encourage members to continue supporting UNODC; INBC and WHO for their work on this regard. We’re pleased to commit half a million US dollars to support collaborative UNODC, WHO, UACC joint programme.

Chair: Co-sponsors? Canada, Morocco, North Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Uruguay, Russia, United Kingdom, Peru, Afghanistan, Ukraine.

L5. Promoting the involvement of youth in drug prevention efforts 

Secretary:  Promoting the involvement of youth in drug prevention efforts. Sponsored by Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Guatemala, Indonesia, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, UAE, Venezuela, Vietnam, China, Croatia (on behalf of the EU) and Thailand.

Secretariat: With regard to OP5, it is estimated that extrabudgetary resources of the amount of 1million USD would be required to provide opportunities for the meaningful involvement of youth in drug prevention efforts. The report for the commission will be part of the report, hence, as revised, the resolution wouldn’t require additional implication with regard to the regular budget.

Russia: The Commission has just adopted this resolution on youth and involvement in drug prevention. Our CND has once again taken an important step to preventing the young generation from the scourge of drug. We thank all delegations that made their contribution into finding a compromise solution of this. The spirit of Vienna has, once again, shown its capacity to be a unifying factor in finding solutions drug control. Russia will continue to ensure the spirit of Vienna continues to help us find common solutions. Thank you to Chair Krois.

Chair: Wishing to cosponsor?  Morocco, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Namibia, Qatar, Honduras, Kenya, Pakistan, Singapore.

L6. Promoting alternative development as an inclusive and sustainable development-oriented drug control strategy 

Chair: cosponsored by: Chile, Colombia, Germany, Peru, Thailand, Bolovia, Croatia (EU), Indonesia, Japan, Paraguay

Peru: Honour to submit this resolution. AD is a strategy for the control of crops to ensure families become involve in lawfulness and anti-drugs strategy. Peru would like to underscore importance on common and shared responsibility. Fight against illicit cultivation through Alternative development AD affects entire international community. Destabilises democratic institutions. Would like to talk about support.

Bolivia: this strategy ‘united and free of drugs’ has an innovative way of working and gives emphasis to the protection of health in vulnerable populations. Support of international cooperation is crucial. Developing strategy to end the scourge of drugs in Bolivian society.

Senegal: support adoption of resolution which is essential in poverty reduction. Common and shared responsibility of states.

Chair: Co-sponsors: Brazil, Morocco, Russia, Nigeria, Senegal, Singapore. All adopted. 55/1 decided to make efforts to lessen length of CND reports and provide brief summary under agenda item on conclusions reached. Only include ref to financial statements – they will be available on website in English only as is done by other ECOSOC agencies. Items 9,10, 11 will be prepared after the session. Give floor to Rapporteur of CND from Nigeria to introduce report.

Nigeria: Draft report is contained in 7 documents:

L1/add.1 – general debates

L1/add.2 – agenda item 4

L1/add.3 – agenda item 5

L1/add.4 – agenda item 6

L1/add.5 – agenda item 7

L1 /add.6 – agenda item 8

The draft report doesn’t cover item 9, item 10, item 11 – these reports will be done by chair and myself after this meeting.

Chair: Please submit any changes in writing to secretariat.

Chair: All documents approved.

Switzerland (Oral amendment on report on E/CN.7/2020/L.1/Add.5): Amendment we would like to make on para 8. Same as with our previous statement on L3. We asked for a standing agenda item to be informed about the Task Force’s work. We ask the Rapporteur to amend accordingly.

Chair: Adoption of the report as a whole.

UNODC ED: Warm congratulations. Nearly 1500 people from more than 130 countries came together. Delegations were joined by young people, scientists, 370 civil society representatives and 17 international and regional organisations. The world meets in March in Vienna to discuss the complexities of the world drug problem and find joint solutions. UNODC is here to support you in carrying out the decisions you made this week. In the resolutions you adopted you made commitments to help the people that need it most. Youth in drug prevention is essential. Young people, like the Youth Forum representatives, show they can work with us. Your call for increases support for AD reinforces its status as a pillar of drug control strategies, helping communities reach stability outside of the instability of the illicit drug market. You’ve highlighted the importance of a safe supply of controlled medicines. And the need to strengthen capacities in data collection. We rely on States to provide necessary resources in the spirit of shared responsibility. I very much welcome the adoption of the new ARQ. To get the right answers, we need to get the right questions. Our extensive consultations mean . We need all countries to show political will and financial support. I saw the Vienna spirit in action during this week. All of us gathered here to protect communities and enable people to live productive and healthy lives. We need to do all we can to elevate all support, most of all for developing countries and truly commit to leaving no one behind. This Sunday is International Women’s Day. 25 years since Beijing Declaration. Still today, far fewer women than men have access to prevention and treatment services for drug use disorders. Discrimination and stigma are keeping omen to seeking the help they need. UNODC is here to inform you, listen and learn from you, as we work for justice, health, human rights, peace and security. An important Outcome Document conventions, strong foundation for UNODC to develop strategic pillars to carry out responsibilities. Management strategy to translate this to reality. Congratulations.

Russia: Unfortunately, our session is coming to a close. It has given us high quality technical guidance. It is clear that we should continue this way. In many respects, this is thanks to the work of our chair – he has shown he understands we are unified to fight the World drug problem. We welcome your mastery and hope your leadership will yield results before we move on to our next sessions. International women’s day is an important holiday in my country, you have showed a great example for women around the world. Good luck to all the women everywhere.

Mexico: I don’t wan tot leave without being able to thank you for your dedication and all your work. Wish you productive intersessionals and reconvened. We thank the ED and wish her all the success.

Chair: Thank you all for your contributions. Thanks to the extended bureau. Special recognition to 1st Vice Chair and chair of COW. Thanks to the Secretariat staff. Thanks to all the people behind the scenes, conference services, translators, editors, technical staff, etc. A personal remark: it has been an honor to chair this CND. You have been wonderful participants, we had valuable interventions and statements, we learned a lot. I am impressed by the constructive spirit of all delegations. CND adopted important resolutions. My expectation is to carry on working closely with you, wish you a safe journey home. Meeting closed.

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