This morning at 11:30am UNODC and WHO signed an agreement to support a joint programme on drug dependence treatment and care and the programme was launched at a lunchtime satellite session to the High Level Meeting of the CND today.
The aim of the programme is to promote policies that strike a balance between the reduction of drug supply and demand and incorporate science based drug prevention and dependence treatment. Specifically the programme aims to promote humane and accessible treatment and care for more people with drug dependence and drug related diseases (particularly HIV AIDS) that will result in opportunities for rehabilitation and reintegration into society. Mr Saraceno, Director of Mental Health and Substance Abuse for WHO said that ‘prevention treatment and harm reduction are key strategies’.
A number of delegates pledged the support, financial or otherwise, of their countries and organisations, not least the USA, Cuba, the European Commission and Opec.