CND Plenary Day 4 – Venezuela

Almost 70% of our seizures are focused on areas close to the border which we share with the world’s most important cocaine producers. We have set up a national registrar for substances. We also have initiatives and projects promoted by UN bodies such as the INCB. We also have programmes focusing on the prevention of diversion of precursors.

For demand reduction, we also have a comprehensive prevention plan with activities for 3 to 6 year olds, and other ages. We use music and distributed musical instruments to prevent drug use.

The Drugs Observatory collects statistics and conducts advanced research on drugs. We have anti-money laundering measures and anti-trafficking trainings. We also provide scholarships to foreign participants. We cover the needs of the different law enforcement bodies and vulnerable groups, including indigenous populations, prisoners, etc. One measure we have focused on is comprehensive prevention programmes to communities focusing on family values. In Venezuela we have a national drugs fund. With these resources, we fund hundreds of prevention programmes, combat illicit trafficking, provide treatment and rehab, and prevention in the workplace.

On Tuesday, we listened attentively to speakers at the roundtable on possible substantive issues that the CND could propose to the UNGASS in 2016. We also listened to reactions to these proposals. The mandate given to the CND by the resolution is that of a leading role. It should support the preparatory process, and the assessment of progress made will take place in the framework of the drug conventions. This is proof of what the UNGA expects from us. Our interpretation is that the CND should play a fundamental role in the preparatory process, although this does not prevent the CND from drafting and presenting contributions given the time available. We should appoint the CND as the preparatory body for the UNGASS, and within a genuine open dialogue, with the contribution of other UN conventions.

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