CND 64th Reconvened Session – 9th December 2021 (joint meeting with CCPCJ)

Chair CCPCJ: Good snowy morning and welcome back. Following the CCPCJ thematic discussions yesterday, our meeting today will be held jointly with the CND. The chairs of the two commissions will share the chairing duties today. Our agenda has been adopted already. We are using a virtual format, limited to 2 hours.

Secretariat: (Safety measures for participants on-site.)

Chair CCPCJ: We will jointly consider the agenda items today. Decisions will be taken tomorrow. The new session will open with the election of the extended bureau afterwards. CCPCJ already adopted the agenda, I am handing over to the Ambassador of Poland.

Chair CND: Following the departure of the distinguished delegate from Nigeria who acted as the 3rd Vice Chair of CND, an other representative from Nigeria has been nominated for the position. I see no objections. Accepted. Can the CND adopt the agenda of this session? I see no objection;  it is so decided.

UNODC ED (video message): This has been a challenging year, but I am happy to say we are able to look back on it proudly. The UNODC is proud to support your work and continue important discussions, for example Kyoto and CND thematic discussions. We are addressing real challenges and uphold the mandate that trusts us to support your work and we remain committed. We remain in continuous dialogue with the governing bodies and are pleased to note that the CND and CCPCJ are on track to approve a revised structure. We strive to be your transparent and responsive partner, so we thank you for your constructive engagement, we are looking forward to working together.

Chair CCPCJ: We will take formal action on the implementation of the draft budget at our separate meeting.

UNODC Division of Management: I am pleased to introduce the consolidated budget. Due to the uncertainties related to COVID, particular attention has been paid to prudent resource management.
The budget supports cost efficiency efforts and presents you a decreased budget. UNODC will continue to review organizational processes and structures. UNODC remains fully committed to the UN development agenda as well as Gender Balance and Geographical Representation, to promote an enabling work environment, to strengthen female representation. We remain committed to foster a workplace free of discrimination and harassment. We stand ready to respond to your comments and questions.

UNODC Division of Policy Analysis and Public Affairs: We received written comments and incorporated them to the furthest extent feasible, so we circulated the revised version of the budgetary document. The conference paper, following comments from Iran, Pakistan and Turkey, has been revised, so what you have in front of you is a new version. I would like to assert that the role of our governing bodies is to review the content not the format. At this stage, if you have any further comments, we would be grateful to receive them in writing by Monday, December the 13th. Regarding the way forward: once the commission reviewed the draft, we will submit it to New York, then to CPC (the main subsidiary body of Economic and Social Council for planning and coordination), ACBQ will consider the budget, based on this plan. They will then provide recommendations and the General Assembly then can vote on it.

Secretariat: Hybrid intergovernmental meetings facilitate broad participation, for example small countries that have not participated in the meetings of the CND before have been showing presence, but we are still facing challenges – the guidelines are available on the website. Conference room paper E/CN.7/2021/CRP.13 and CRP.7 explains working methods of the commissions. Please visit cnd.unodc.org and ccpcj.unodc.org

Chair: WG on Governance and Finance had 5 informal mtgs and have submitted an document that is available on the website and is now before the commission as a conference room paper.

Spain (co-chair of the intergovernmental working group on improving governance and finance): We have reviewed … development and rollout of regional strategic visions, geographical representation, and human resource management – mainstreaming a gender perspective, update on the evaluation of the activities of the office. We received an update on the financial impact of the COVID crises and on the response of the office to this crisis. We have been briefed by the UNODC on … planned research activities and publications, youth participation on prevention and health promotion. We reviewed the consolidated budget and related resolutions with a large turnout of member states, so we thank you all for your participations and the Secretariat for their support.

Colombia (co-chair of the intergovernmental working group on improving governance and finance): The working group embarked on the discussions on the extension of the mandate last year and already conducted a total of 13 rounds of informal consultations on the matter between the fifth of October 2020 and the 15th of November 2021. A number of background documents have been prepared by the Secretary to facilitate discussion and, as a result of these extensive comprehensive consultations, the working group negotiated two documents for consideration for the reconvened session. First, there is a draft decision, tabled by the chair for adoption by the two Commissions that would extend the mandate of the working group for an unlimited period of time, with the possibility to review its mandate and working methods upon the request of member states. It would also establish a bureau representing the five regional groups. The idea is that these officers would rotate annually on the basis of regional distribution and that members of the bureau would be jointly nominated by the Bureau of the Commissions and endorsed at the plenary session. Another important element contained in the draft decision is that items under consideration would be grouped into two parts, an operational part and a programmatic part. The second document resulting from FINGOV consultations is a draft resolution that outlines the substantive focus of future work in line with what is contained in the draft decision, but in more detail. Mainly the elements for consideration by the group are presented in the draft resolution under the operational part and the programmatic part. The operational part would cover metrics related to budget financial situation, human resources, evaluation and oversight, implementation of the UNODC strategy 2021-2025 and other possible strategic documents, involvement of the office in the implementation of United Nations reforms contribution for the office to support member states implementing 2030 agenda and organizational arrangements for intergovernmental meetings. The programmatic part would contain updates on progress made in the implementation of countries´ regional and global programs, clustered according to the five areas of the mandated work on the development and implementation of regional strategic visions and other issues, such as scientific evidence based research and gender mainstreaming. Also in line with the draft resolution, the working group would hold four meetings a year, with each meeting lasting for two days. The expectation is that the newly established bureau of FINGOV would determine with the support of the Secretariat, the dates of the meetings and would also establish in consultation with member states and indicative annual work plan for the work. We are confident that with the new format and working methods, FINGOV will not only continue serving as the central mechanism to enhance the transparency and accountability of the office, but will also contribute to further strengthening the constructive and interactive dialogue between member states and UNODC. We hope that member states will remain actively engaged within this framework in the period ahead. Thanks very much.

Chairs: Thank you for your excellent work and commitment and also MS for their engagement. Now on to our list of speakers.

Costa Risa on behalf of the G77 and China: We reiterate our commitment to the work of the UNODC and thank the working group on improving governance and finance for their efforts. We welcome the engagement of the top management and the commitment particularly in this time of change, financial challenges and etc., the group emphasize the need for technical assistance and capacity building especially now when we are facing challenges due to the pandemic still affect the whole world. More systematic and comprehensible steps and research should be based on clear mandate, regular dialogue between MS regarding activities (…) status of women especially in developing countries. UN charters apply and (…) underline our work. The group recalls that the importance of all materials to be made available on all official languages. Pandemic (…) we can not delay any action on (…) criminal justice. Thank you.

Japan: We recognize the essential mission of UNODC and to uphold the rule of law is the basis of international order and the basis on which the UN is founded. We highlighted our commitment also in Kyoto and by collaborating closely with UNODC and by drafting an action plan addressing organized crime, corruption, etc. Normative and technical assistance are recognized by the int community as keys to success. We contributed 22million in support for the UNODC to support these activities on the ground. It is regrettable that covid caused some hurdles for the UNODC´s execution, we hope UNODC will ensure continuity, transparency and thereby gain trust of all MS. UNODC made great contributions to the achievement of the 2030 agenda – we appreciate madame Waly´s efforts and that UNODC is willing to play a leadership role. UNODC has been facing financial challenges for years, it requires a flexible and creative approach with effective funding models. We highly value the work of the UNODC and will continue to engage in constructive dialogue, including the working groups.

USA: As one of UNODC´s biggest supporters and major donors, we support the development of regional plans and we would like to reiterate the need for political will in order to pursue effective action. The report of Miss Waly is appreciated – this document demonstrates UNODC´s commitment and a holistic approach to drugs, crime, corruption and terorirsm. We recognize the challenges by the COVID19 pandemic and commend UNODC´s continuity efforts, innovative strategies and smart decisions to maintain high standards – UNODC demonstrated its competence. At the same time we have concerns about transparency in decision making, including field (…) important to foster greater communication between members states and the Secretariat about budgetary and management issues and maintain decision making power to the commission. USA supports UNODC´s efforts to create diversity strategies, selection of staff should always be based on merit as per the UN charter.

Switzerland: We welcome the constructive spirit of the discussions throughout the year and on the budget today. We welcome the working group on improving governance and finance ´s recommendation and we appreciate that it will consist of a pragmatic and operational segment. We respect the role played by the UNODC and would like to highlight that the WHO is mandated to issue recommendations on scheduling based on their expert group decisions. As per the UNGASS outcome document, attention should be paid to the arbitrary detention connection to anti-drugs policy. The WGAD study recalls the prohibition of arbitrary deprivation of freedom of people who use drugs. We recommend the harnessing of the synergies within the UN family and regret that the Chair of the WG on Arbitrary Detention was not able to present their report in person that was drawn up as a result of a specific resolution. Thank you.

Colombia: During this current session, UNODCs work has been impaired by covid19 – nevertheless, the comprehensive and well-balanced implementation of the offices program is more needed than ever as we have seen that criminal groups leverage the vulnerabilities of our criminal justice systems. It is very important that UNODC has a flexible budget that is able to meet the needs of the member states. The resources not earmarked for specific purposes, must be allocated in a way to support MS and fully implement guidelines, in particular regarding the reform of the UN system, strengthen communication and cooperation with other parts of the UN system. The UNODC´s efforts and actions must match those set forth by the system. Now, that a new format with an open-ended mandate is launched, we have an opportunity to strengthen dialogue and accountability. It is high time everyone commits to a more thematic and cohesive follow up to FINGOV (Financial Governance?). This is the fora to present challenges and progresses. We are concerned by the reduction of working time available. While we welcome the technical solutions, we express our frustration of the reduced time for detailed debates and more substantial documents. We think both in New York and Vienna, there should be analysis on how the reduction of working hours affect our work and explore alternatives because simply resigning ourselves to this reduction is not acceptable. Regarding gender balance, we receive regular information on the composition of UN staff but we don’t have a clear idea on the implementation of the diversity action plan and still waiting on a comprehensive report on equitable geographic representation. We are also concern about the lack of multilingualism. The rate of translations is increasing but does not demonstrate the progress set forth by the commission. With the UK, we launched a group of friends to mainstream the gender equity agenda and we welcome interested MS to join. Thank you.

Iran: (…) we note with concern that developing countries are under-represented in the Secretariat of UNODC, in particular at the senior and policymaking level. We believe that the principle of equitable geographical representation should be applied to all those within the Secretariat regardless of source of funding. While noting big concern the challenges facing UNODC due to shortfall in general budget, we request the office to redouble its efforts to ensure that adequate financial resources are allocated to enhance the capacity and efficiency of the field officers aiming at the full implementation of the country and regional programs. We emphasize the necessity for UNODC to augment the effectiveness of technical assistance in close consultation with member states. In this context, I should remind that some member states are facing challenges which undermine their capacity to fight against drug crimes despite the fact that response and recovery from COVID-19 requires global solidarity and international cooperation (…) in this regard Islamic Republic of Iran calls upon the international community to adopt ergonomic corrective measures to put an end to the use of unilateral measures against Developing Countries. Due to funding shortfalls the country programs have not proceeded as expected. In the current political situation of Afghanistan, the international community should provide help to mee the basic needs of people so to (address the increase of drug use). Thank you

Pakistan: We support the overall functio and working of UNODC, conventions and relevant policy guidelines and we welcome the creation of FINGOV and its program. UNODC is an important contributor to the countering of the world drug problem, international cooperation, supply and demand reduction. This is getting more and more complex. We call upon UNODC that focusing on organized transnational crime should not negatively effect the core issue of the world drug problem. Equitable geographic representation has always been important to us and Pakistan has always upheld this norm. We welcome the promotion of enhanced representation of women in office. In the meantime, we express serious concern that new concepts such as LGBTQ+ have appeared in the report of the Executive Director of UNODC. We reiterate that these should be avoided in any document and the report should be revised. We suggest an allocation of proportionate funds to counter the world drug problem with greater focus on transit countries in accordance with the needs and requirements of underrepresented countries and we also hope to see more youth-centered programs.

Afghanistan: We welcome the estabilishment of FINGOV and we urge UNODC to take concrete steps to improve gender balance and representation of underrepresented countries. We are fully aware of the financial challenges and difficulties today to the implementation of programs and projects. But we also would like to emphasize the importance of such support for developing countries.  We note with concern the challenges facing the illegal takeover of the Taliban – we are probably facing one of the most complex humanitarian crisis that has been seen in the past four decades of endemic effects of climate change and the impact of the global economy with views to COVID-19. The past six months of extreme violence, to the status of deteriorating public service and the destruction of the constitutional order have further exacerbated the landscape. We are withnessing the imminent collapse of the institutions and our economy – that is devastating our population. We call to make sure efforts are delivered to the most vulnerable on the basis of international common and shared responsibility. Thank you.

Russia: We are in favor of approving the budget. Important to continue in a balanced manner representing the relevant resolutions. We note considerable funding cuts on countering the world drug problem that we witness with regret as it should be the center of our attention especially given the deterioration of the situation in Afghanistan that affects neighbouring countries. We dedicate funding to anti corruption and anticrime efforts, we encourage UNODC to work to elevate the funding for their activity from the UN budget, to regularly inform member states of covid´s affect on pragmatic activity. We highlight the importance of multilingualism, including translation and interpretation. Sufficient resources fomr UNODC should be dedicated to the INCB. It is also important to monitor UNODC´s budet execution pursuant of the mandate of FINGOV and ensure equitable geographic representation in accordance with the UN charter.

Sweden: UNODC is a highly appreciated partner in countering various form of crimes as well as drug rehabilitation and prevention. We welcome the strategy 2021-2025 and support a close cooperation with the entire UN system, civil society and other relevant stakeholders. There is a unique role and expertise in this office – the financial situation is challenging. We appreciate how the office managed in these times. To effectively carry out core functions, general funding must be secured. The pandemic and other recent development require flexible and predictable funding, cooperation, eg. less tight earmarked support. To be able to increase funding, it requires high level of confidence in the institution, accountability and interlinkages within stakeholders as well as regular evaluation – it must be properly resourced. We witnessed development in gender equity yet much work remains to be done. We remain committed to support this and are part of the friends’ groups set up by the UK and Colombia. We appreciate the vital work carried out by the gender team including the support for LGBTQ+ rights. we support UNODC and its vital contributions to the agenda 2030.

Kenya: We appreciate the commission endeavor to ensure that UNODC operations are well funded for the effectiveness of mandate functions. On this note, we reiterate their commitment to developing countries for the effective implementation of their political declaration and plan of action and agreed upon recommendation. As a country, we are beneficiaries of the technical support provided to members and  we have immensely benefited from the vast knowledge and experience, particularly regarding substitution therapy, harm reduction and alternatives to incarceration and operationalization (…) The Kenyan Government has renewed its commitment to hold the heads of law enforcement agencies´ meeting in Nairobi in September 2022. We are particularly proud to provide more safety for African people from corruption, terrorism and illicit financial flows (…) We appreciate the progress and are proud to the effort, particularly ensuring equitable representation of women. We are ever more cautious of the social, economic and health challenges posed by drug abuse and are committed to effectively address the world drug problem. We are committed to implementation of control measures aligned to international law. In addition, we subscribe to the political plan of action of 2009 and the recommendations contained in various documents inlcuding the UNGASS outcome document. I wish all participants a happy holidays and look forward to next year.

Argentina: We align ourselves with the statement on behalf of the G77 and would like to make the following comments in our national capacity. We welcome the work of FINGOV and support the proposal for the mandate renewal. We recognize the UNODC´s efforts to achieve gender equality in the context of the implementation of the gender equality and empowerment of women strategy for 2018-2021. We understand that a great deal remains to be done. We must continue working to mainstream agenda perspective throughout the full range of activities and programs and projects in the field. More women must come on board at the decision taking level. More women must also be involved in the level agencies and entities need to college and drugs and crime and criminal justice system. We also welcome the efforts made by the Secretariat to comply with multilingualism guidelines. However, we note with concern that given budgetary constraints, one of the first aspects affected has been the availability of interpretation services. We reiterate our readiness to continue supporting UNODC.

Canada: We’re meeting today at the end of another difficult year during which we have continued to grapple with the impact of a pandemic. Organized crime is continuing to find ways to leverage further exploits on womens, girls, and most marginalized members of our communities who were already disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. We note with dismay the recent relecently released UNODC Research Report related to gender based killings of women and girls in the private sphere, which reports that in 2020, a woman or girl was killed by someone in their family every 11 minutes. This presents the significant scale of intimate partner and domestic violence globally. Canada underlines the importance of the UNODC report and strongly supports the Executive Director´s call for urgent and targeted action to empower and protect women and girls, to prevent gender based violence and save lives. In this regard, the work of the gender unit continues to give utmost importance and attention to the rights of LGBTQI plus community is also highly relevant. In the challenging times ahead, Canada remains more than ever a firm supporter of UNODC, delivering high quality, operational and technical assistance – in particular, when it comes to transnational, organized crime. We are committed to work alongside UNODC and MS. We commend the efforts deployed by UN in order to implement the united nations development system reform. We commend UNODC for the progress achieved in working towards gender equity among staff and the efforts to reduce the cases of sexual harrassment which is equally a priority. This work must be sustained in order to help enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of activities to combat and prevent crime and to provide an appropriate response based on victim protection. Thank you.

China: We express our support for the work of both CND and CCPCJ (…) and also enhancing the gender equality and women in parliament (…) Covid caused enourmous hurdles to all our work, we were forced to cancel many meetings and programs in our region. In order to overcome the multitude of challenges, increased transparency and efficiency are very important now.

Armenia: We welcome FINGOV. Taking this opportunity we would like to extend our appreciation to the co chairs of the working group for their excellent activities and ensuring the continuity of our work. We would like to highlight the importance of ensuring sufficient funding for UNODC in order to maintain the sustainability of the office´s administrative and financial mechanisms and policies related to effectively core programmatic functions. Thank you very much.

Algeria:  Algeria reaffirms the importance of the mandate of the intergovernmental open ended working group FINGOV. We sincerely appreciate the efforts that have been made by the two co-chairs to engage in consultations with member states to strengthen governance. We echo that it is important to ensure sufficient and adequate funding of UNODC in order to allow it to carry out its mandate. My delegation echoes previous delegations, in asking UNODC to redouble its efforts in order to ensure equitable geographic representation at the higher decision taking level and in the policy planning level. Thank you very much.

Jamaica: The COVID 19 pandemic conditions posed significant obstacles for our global efforts to combat illicit drugs and all forms of organized crime. We have seen unprecedented challenges with technical support, and the servicing of virtual and hybrid delivery. We welcome the development of a new strategy to provide greater strategic and essential security in our region. Indeed, it is necessary to have a people centered approach, ensuring that no one is left behind. I also look forward to the finalization of the strategic vision and eagerly await future work in disregard. We appreaciate the UNODC´s efforts to ensure gender balance and equitable representation of regions.

Venezuela: We endorse the statement delivered by the Permanent Representative of Costa Rica on behalf of the G77 and China and in our national capacity, we’d like to have the following comments: We call member states to provide funds to the general purpose fund. It is very important to guarantee flexibility. These contributions can be for states and countries. This is very essential to ensuring that funds are available for  technical assistance to be carried out in a sustainable and resilient manner. We also call for enhanced dialogue with the resident coordinators in order to contribute more to the field programs. We welcome the preparation documents for this meeting. And once more we would like to stress the importance of human rights and the protection of victims of all kinds of drug trafficking. We hope that multilingualism will remain a priority. The principle of geographic representation is crucial and we hope that developing countries will be particularly prioritizes as well will women and young people in representation. We are in favor of achieving gender balance and that all documents will be published in the six official languages and that we can count on interpretation at our meetings.

Kyrgyzstan: We welcome and support the mandate of FINGOV.  We welcome the principal of multilingualism. We translated the UNODC program for Central Asia that was adopted back in 2016. The program has shown to be very effective in practice with the visitation of Madame Waly We welcome the global strategy of the UNODC to improve global security. At the same time I’d like to note here that our program was crafted in a quickly developing drug situation with threats stemming from the emerging threat of synthetic drugs. Furthermore, electronic payment systems are being used. In this regard, it is very important to strengthen state capacities and develop projects to respond to the aforementioned developments. We are looking forward to successful collaboration with other countries.

VNGOC: Thank you, co-Chairs, for allowing me to make an intervention today on behalf of the Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs – a global body representing around 300 civil society organisations who work on all aspects of the world drug response. I will address sub-item 4c of the agenda, on the working methods of the Commissions. As we step-up the preparations for the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in March 2022, we sadly continue to face the challenges, threats and restrictions that COVID-19 has posed for almost two years now. The 65th CND will almost certainly need to be another “hybrid” event, catering for participants and delegations that cannot join in person in Vienna. Yet I hope that at least some in-person participation, and especially some in-person civil society engagement, will be possible again in the New Year. I want to take this opportunity to recall the statement delivered jointly by the Vienna and New York NGO Committees towards the end of the CND last April – at which we acknowledged and thanked you for enabling strong civil society presence throughout what was an unprecedented Session. For the 65th Session, it is imperative that some of the innovations from 2021 are continued. These include the webcasting of all plenary sessions in the official languages, the possibility of online side events, the facilitation of online interventions from around the world, and the ability for ECOSOC accredited NGOs to observe the Committee of the Whole online. But we can go further still. Recording the plenary sessions, for example, will allow for those across different time zones to follow the discussions – helping to reduce the digital divide. Greater access to documentation, including updated drafts of resolutions and lists of speakers, would further assist, as would the ability to see and interact with other delegations and participants in the Committee of the Whole. And side events should be scheduled in a way that they do not overlap with the main proceedings during the week. Most importantly, all of the measures to ensure online engagement should be in addition to, and not replacements for, in-person participation to the extent possible. If, as hoped, participants are allowed to be here in person come March, then civil society must be included in that number. I am confident that this will be the case. Finally, on behalf of the Vienna NGO Committee but also our sister Committee here in Vienna – the NGO Alliance on Crime – I want to reiterate my sincere thanks to you the Commission Chairs for your support, and to Jo, Doris and the CND Secretariat, as well the Civil Society Unit and other UNODC colleagues. We look forward to working with the incoming Chairs and Bureaus of both the CND and CCPCJ to make sure that next year’s Sessions are equally as successful. Thank you for your attention.

Chair: Thank you for your intervention, you put forward a few points that are relevant to many NGOs. Now, we break for lunch.

Chair: So now we continue where we left off – with trying to connect to Bangladesh.

Bangladesh: We appreciate the report of the Ed of UNODC. In previous resolutions, we noted the issue of equal representation of men and women in the composition of the UNODC and the importance on the geographical balance while securing the highest standard of quality and integrity as per the UN charter. The continued implementation of the diversity plan is of high importance. Thank you.

Chair: Before we move to the next agenda items, the Secretariat will present the new tools for electronic participation.

Secretariat: I have the pleasure to introduce a new e-learning platform that the UNODC developed on the implementation of international drug policy commitments that is available on www.golearn.unodc.org. it has eight modules: (1) introduction to the CND, (2) Demand Reduction and Treatment, (3) Availability of and Access to Controlled Drugs for Medical and scientific Purposes, (4) Supply Reduction, (5) Cross-cutting Issues – Drug Policy and Human Rights, (6) Trends, Emerging and Persistent Challenges and Threats, (7) International Cooperation, (8) Alternative Development. The objective is to provide support to implement all the commitments made in drug policy on the international level.  I would like to thank the support of Germany in developing this tool.

Secretariat: We thank the government of Japan for supporting the development of the toolset on the follow up to the Kyoto Declaration which has the objective to disseminate knowledge about the declaration and support states and other stakeholders in its full implementation. It has 3 modules: (1) Introducing the Kyoto Declaration, (2) Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, (3) Rule of Law and International Cooperation.

Chair: Now I gladly give the podium to my co-chair for the last couple of agenda items.

Chair: Our next item is contributions by the Commission to the work of the Economic and Social Council, in line with General Assembly resolution 72/305, including follow-up to and review and implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. I would like to recall that on the second of July in the integration segments of the economic and social council´s independent discussion on institutional strengthening governance, inclusion and the rule of law, my co-chair and I have contributed extensively. I would also like to inform you that has also been the case in previous years. Both Commission’s submitted a substantive input to the 2021 high level political forum on sustainable development convened under the auspices of the council from the 6th to the 15th of July this year. On the 7th of July, Ambassador Cortez (CCPC Chair) and I hosted together side events during the HLPF titled The impact of COVID-19 on Drugs and Crime, sustainable and resilient recovery through the lenses of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, and the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. It was the first time that we organized side events during the high level political forum to this end and enjoyed a very good attendance. The 2022 sessions of the high level political forum on sustainable development will be the 10th session of the high level political forum and will take place in July and will review five SDGs in depth. It was announced that a review of the work of the subsidiary bodies would be conducted under the leadership of the ECOSOC vice president as mandated in paragraph three of the annex to the General Assembly resolution 75 to 90. The concept was shared for review, and I trust that the incoming chairs will take this forward. As you can see, there has been quite a number of activities with respect to ECOSOC. I would like to invite the head of the Secretariat of the Commission to give us some additional information relating to the work of please.

Secretariat:

In New York, in the framework of the work of the EcoSoc, some decisions have been made the impact the work of our commissions. The decisions stem from two resolutions that created an ECOSOC coordination segment and aims to review the subsidiary bodies – this will be led by the VP of ECOSOC from Bulgaria.

Chair CCPCJ: We have exerted lot of time and energy, we have gotten a lot done this year that is usually not visible, so thanks for the Secretariat for this presentation.

Russia: We would like to note the substantive contribution by the commissions to the achievement of the SDGs, particularly the CND regarding narcotic drugs during the pandemic (sic.) We reiterate our stance that the 2030 Agenda should not replace the unique mandate of the UNODC, the main body aimed to combat crime and drugs. We welcome information regarding additional source of funding for UNODC and a specialized fund as regards to the document presented to us about the functional commissions of the ECOSOC. We think both commissions should consider in the work of intergovernmental bodies the 2030 Agenda, but CND and CCPCJ have other, specific objectives which we hope will be considered while conducting these reviews.

Mexico: We know we have significant work ahead of us – all major UN bodies including our commissions are no exception. We are functional parts of ECOSOC and we make recommendations in pursuit of organizational goals – we should not forget that. We are grateful for the consultation processes within CND and CCPCJ so we know exactly what is at stake.

China: Under agenda item 10 – the Sustainable Development Agenda is a basic document for international development. IT is a systematic project that requires political will and in the pursuit of the goals, all countries should learn from each other. We attach great importance to the 2030 agenda, and we published systematic reviews in relations. Through 8 years of continuous effort, we eliminated poverty to a high degree and (…) this contributes to the reduction of crime. On the 21st of September, during the general debates of the General Assembly, our president proposed to promote the global development initiatives to speed up implementation of the 2030 agenda and promote more vigorous green and healthy sustainable strategies, calling the international community to respond to challenges in synergy so that it facilitates recovery from the COVID 19 pandemic and promote sustainable development. The Chinese government has long been committed to building a safe system for safeguarding national security and social stability, it has carried out intensive and targeted operations against human trafficking to effectively protect the rights and interests of women and children. The government has been active in promoting the building of government based on rule of law and continued to build a clean government achieving overwhelming victory in the fight against corruption. At the same time, our government upholds multilateralism and respects the authority of the United Nations and attaches high importance to cooperation with other countries. The Chinese government will, as always, actively participate and support the work of UNODC, further strengthen exchanges and deepen practical cooperation with other countries and actively contribute to the realization of the 2030 agenda.

Chair: This brings us to the end of this agenda item. We will continue our deliberations tomorrow; the CND will open at 11am. We will try our best to extend our business hours, but likely we will not have interpretation. I adjourn our joint meeting. See you tomorrow.

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