Home » Item 14. Contributions by the Commission to the work of the Economic and Social Council, in line with General Assembly resolution 68/1, including follow-up to and review and implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Item 14. Contributions by the Commission to the work of the Economic and Social Council, in line with General Assembly resolution 68/1, including follow-up to and review and implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Chair: I would like to ensure inclusiveness and equality and the set for the goals to be reviewed in depth. Under this item to further consider how to best contribute of the implementation of the 2030 agenda for sustainable developments and how to further enhances its work of the functional work of the council.

USA: We welcome efforts by the social and economic council along with specialist agencies. The approach taken towards the drug policy issue clearly demonstrates the interconnected relationship of many UN bodies. In nature, the CND is the main drug policy body in tackling the drug problem directly. Many other bodies also play an important role. The WHO calls for scheduling commitments and contribute expertise to health programmes such as medical availability. UNODC’s work on rule of law ensures people are not becoming safe havens for drug traffickers. We call on the CND to involve other UN bodies in a creative manner, through the like of expert panels. Civil society representatives from scientific and medical community offering support have also important knowledge and expertise to share with member states. We encourage the CND to continue its involvement in their work. With regards to the 2030 agenda, we make some important clarification. The 2030 agenda is not binding and must not affect obligations nor financial commitments. The US recognises 2030 agenda work towards peace and prosperity and international and national responsibility, with all nations having a role to play in achieving its future. Each country must work towards achieving this in accordance with its own national commitment and policies. The 2030 agenda asks to be introduced in a manner respecting the rights of states under international law. The 2030 agenda must respect without prejudice, individual mandates such as negotiations in addition to not preventing a commitment to provide new good or services. Finally, we wish to reiterate it is the view of the 2030 agenda to assist in addressing the world drug problem. Including the three drug conventions and the 2009 political declaration and plan of action. The 2030 agenda should not serve as a primary tool for addressing the world drug problem, but instead as an addition to the existing documents and approach.

Colombia: The 2030 Agenda for sustainable development is ambitious. Colombia was in the lead of the discussion of the agenda. SDGs isn’t possible without peace, justice and security. A main obstacle is transnational organised crime. In this regard, Goal 16 of the Agenda is about promoting peaceful and sustainable societies, build effective institutions and access to justice. Against this backdrop, as signalled by UNODC, States need to prevent crime and terrorism undermining governance and the rule of law. This requires stepping up the capacity in facing challenges related to drugs, violence and crime. Strengthening judicial institutions and law enforcement bodies. In order to achieve the SDGs, particularly 16, government, civil society and communities must work together for lasting solutions to reduce violence, tackle trafficking, encourage justice, fight corruption and guarantee inclusive representations. The 2030 Agenda also calls for coordination between different stakeholders. Within CND, synergies between ECOSOC functional commissions, UN agencies and partnerships with civil society and academia. The world drug problem impacts rights, health and development. We cannot tackle it in isolation. The Commission should work with other UN agencies (UNAIDS, OHCHR, HRC, WHO, UNDP, among others). Mechanisms for the participation of civil society should be facilitated. Multidisciplinary responses are necessary. In terms of follow up: identify drug policy objectives in line with the SDGs, design debate mechanisms to share good practices, cooperate throughout the UN system to ensure consistency. In terms of synergies between CND and other commissions, we suggest: Work with Statistics Commission to track advances in commitments to tackle the world drug problem. Commission on Social Development and Population Development, they could share good practices and lessons learnt to facilitate better addressing the world drug problem; in particular, in relation to alternative development and human rights. Commission Status of Women: Share information on equality and empowerment of women; receive support for plans and strategies to take into account the specific needs of women and other vulnerable groups.

Secretariat: As we are ahead of schedule there will be no afternoon session because the meeting will continue with agenda item 14, then we will move onto the consideration of the provisional agenda for the 63rd session. In the meantime, there are informal consultations ongoing, on draft proposal L2 by Turkey, and from 1pm on draft proposal L3 convened by the Russian Federation.

Chair: We will meet tomorrow morning and start with agenda 14.

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