Resolution L13. Promotion of measures, including voluntary cooperation and timely and effective legislative, regulatory, administrative, and operational responses to target new psychoactive substances, amphetamine-type stimulants, including methamphetamine, and diversion of their precursors

Chair (Norway): Plan is to close L13 on new psychoactive substances, it is a long resolution (a merger of three previous drafts – L6, L7 and L9). We will see the text now after several informals, it is being copied and circulated. Now sponsored by Australia, Belarus, Japan, Tajikistan and USA

Operative Paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 were agreed by the Committee of the Whole on Friday evening

Operative Paragraph 4

China: Want to add ketamine as a new psychoactive substance

Canada: Disagree, this paragraph is about new research – we already have this for ketamine

Russia: Support China

Chair: I am aware of this issue, but do not think we can solve this issue here in the Committee of the Whole today, this should be continued in informals due to the differing views on this. It is a larger issue, which relates to WHO for example

China: Wanted it added in all paragraphs, but in spirit of compromise, we are now just asking for it to be added here in OP4, which already refers to methamphetamine and the problems are similar. We can defer to informals if needed

Australia: Detailed discussions in informals already on this. Draw attention to the last preamble paragraph, proposed in informals as a way of incorporating ketamine into this resolution. We hope that this serves as a good compromise. Addition into OP4 was discussed but was not agreed

Chair: Paragraph remains open

Operative Paragraph 5

No comments – paragraph agreed

Operative Paragraph 6

Has been deleted in informals

Operative Paragraph 7

UK: No agreement in informals on “scientific, evidence-based” here – the UK does not use science to design our supply reduction efforts, we use a variety of other things. So delete “scientific”

Russia: We do not agree

Chair: Paragraph remains open

Operative Paragraph 8

No comments – paragraph agreed

Operative Paragraph 9

China: Add “efficient, transparent, timely, evidence-based review and balanced approach of” the most harmful, prevalent and persistent new psychoactive substances

UK: Flexible on “efficient, transparent”, but not on the “balanced approach”. The mechanism for the WHO to review substances is mandated in the treaties, we cannot expand this here in a resolution

Chair: Paragraph remains open

Operative Paragraph 10

No comments – paragraph agreed

Operative Paragraph 12

No comments – paragraph agreed

Operative Paragraph 14

No comments – paragraph agreed

Chair: Move back to Operative Paragraph 9

China: Disagree with UK, the proposed methods are applicable to the WHO – they do currently have to apply a balanced approach. Our addition is an instruction from capital, so we would like to request it

Chair: OK, the Operative Paragraphs 4, 7 and 9 remain open

Operative Paragraph 11

China: “Invites” rather than “Calls upon”

India: Add “and other relevant national authorities”, and move “where appropriate” further up the paragraph

No objections – paragraph agreed

Operative Paragraph 13

India: Add “as appropriate, in accordance with national legislation”

No objections – paragraph agreed

Operative Paragraph 15

China: Add “in accordance with national legislation” instead of “voluntary, administrative or legislative” mechanisms

Australia: Many member states in informals were keen to maintain language on “voluntary, administrative or legislative”

India: Support China, and add “relevant national enforcement and control authorities”

USA: Language revisions, and delete “where appropriate” now, as it does not add anything any more

China: Agree

No objections – paragraph agreed

Operative Paragraph 19

India: Invites Member States “as appropriate, and consistent with national legislation, in case of confirmation of unlawful action by national enforcement authorities with respect to export of any” non-scheduled substances…

Brazil: Prefer to keep it broader than national enforcement authorities, and maintain wording around “suspicious shipments”

India: Somebody needs to confirm the suspicious transactions for due diligence within the system, this needs to be a national authority

Chair: Paragraph remains open

Operative Paragraph 16

No comments – paragraph agreed

Operative Paragraph 17

Deleted in informals

Operative Paragraph 18

Deleted in informals

Operative Paragraph 18

Deleted in informals

Operative Paragraph 20

Small change made – paragraph agreed

Operative Paragraph 21

Deleted in informals

Operative Paragraph 22

No comments – paragraph agreed

Operative Paragraph 22bis

No comments – paragraph agreed

Operative Paragraph 23

No comments – paragraph agreed

Operative Paragraph 24

No comments – paragraph agreed

Chair: We will now move onto the preamble paragraphs – the following operative paragraphs are still open: 4, 7, 9 and 19. Preambular paragraphs 1 to 9, 11 and 13, 16 to 19 have been agreed already by the Committee of the Whole.

Preambular Paragraph 10

No comments – paragraph agreed

Preambular Paragraph 12

No comments – paragraph agreed

Preambular Paragraph 14

No comments – paragraph agreed

Preambular Paragraph 15

No comments – paragraph agreed

Preambular Paragraph 20

Brazil: Add 59th CND session as well as the 58th CND session here, as the additional scheduling decisions have already been made this week

USA: No, we can’t – there are more steps that need to be taken before these decisions are ratified, by ECOSOC etc

Russia: We cannot welcome decisions of the 59th session, as you know our position on one of the substances

No further comments – paragraph agreed

Preambular Paragraph 21

China: During informals, we proposed that ketamine be included in this list here as a compromise – currently reads “special attention to the problem of ketamine”

Chair: I want to leave this one open, it is the only open preambular paragraph

Resolution Title:

Australia: No-one has requested changes in informals

China: We would like to say “new psychoactive substances, including ketamine”, if it mentions methamphetamine

UK: Suggest that we leave the title open for informals

Chair: Encourage further talks in informals

USA: Informals at 2pm to 3pm in MOE03

Chair: It is my intention to close this resolution today

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