On March 12, 2018 the 61st session of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) started it’s work.The Belarusian delegation led by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, Andrei Dapkiunas, participates in it.
Over one hundred delegations of the UN member states, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations take part in the event.
In his statement, the Head of the Belarusian delegation, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Andrei Dapkiunas, emphasized the drug-related harm to security, stability and socio-economic development of states.
The Belarusian diplomat informed of the priorities of the anti-drug policy of the Government of Belarus, the active Belarus’ contribution to the international drug control. He recalled that Belarus is the only state in the world in which 98 per cent of known narcotic drugs are prohibited by law.
The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs stressed the particular attention given in Belarus to the prevention of drug use among children and adolescents, efforts of Belarus at the international level aimed at implementing family- and school-based programs and strategies related to the prevention of drug use.
At the first plenary session of the CND the Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Belarus to the International Organizations in Vienna, Alena Kupchyna, was elected as the Deputy President of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs. This election is the evidence of the high international authority of Belarus in the international drug control efforts.
The preparation for the Ministerial Meeting on the Review of the Implementation of the UN Political Declaration and Plan of Action on Drugs in March 2019 is the priority for this session.
Participants of the meeting will discuss the key aspects of the world drug problem – drug prevention, drug abuse treatment, fight against drug trafficking and money laundering, law enforcement cooperation, alternative development programs.
The CND will give special attention to new narcotic drugs and psychoactive substances. It is expected that twelve such substances will be placed under the international control.