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High level segment – Switzerland statement

Patterns of drug use are changing and responses are limited. Switzerland is left feeling that some issues might have had more attention. We are concerned that persons who are committed drug crimes are being executed. Capital punishment has no place in the modern world. We are also concerned about forced detention, forced labour and contravene states human rights obligations.

We are afraid that reduction on new HIV/AIDS transmission targets will not be met. We want to see access to sterile syringes and other harm reduction methods to save this.

Pilot projects and new approaches are so important to improve interventions in the field. Switzerland actively supports harm reduction interventions.

We are concerned by inadequate provision of opioids for those in pain. Their suffering is an unintended side effect of drug control. Here in Vienna we can review progress made in the spirit of shared responsibility. We need a response from all UN agencies involved in the World Drug Problem.

Please click here to view the full statement: http://myconference.unov.org//Documents/Get/64cd0ce3-368a-4080-9797-cf2e1a6ce100

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