Opening Plenary: Representative of New Zealand Government

He stated that New Zealand is a strong supporter of the drug conventions.
New Zealand will be glad to join Australia, Japan, United Kingdom and Northern Ireland to co-sponsor the draft resolution on Enhancing International Cooperation in the identification and reporting of new psychoactive substances (CND/56/RES/2. http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/commissions/CND/session/56-draft-res.presession.html..)
When thousands of people are using unknown substances it is not unreasonable to expect a public disaster. An interim measure adopted by the NZ Government placing   ban on some products led to taking off over 50 products from the open market. The manufacturer and marketers who wish to sell new products have to show data that the products pose no risk to the people and the cost of this extensive research is to be borne by the manufacturer.  The NZ delegation Look forward to the informal dialogues and round table discussions to offer possible solution.

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