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6 June 2017 - Intersessional meeting of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs and Special event on implementing  the scheduling decisions of the CND 

The third intersessional meeting of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs was held on 6 June 2017. At its third intersessional meeting, the Commission discussed the follow up to the regular 60th session of the CND; preparations for the reconvened 60th session; the CND-led follow up to the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem as well as contributions to the work of the Economic and Social Council. 
Agenda |   webcast | 
Presentation Drug Statistics:  Angela Me (UNODC)  
Concept Note:  Expert consultation on the improvement of drug statistics and to strengthen the Annual Report Questionnaire (ARQ)   

Preceding the intersessional meeting, the Commission organized a Special Event, sponsored by the Permanent Mission of the UK and the UNODC Laboratory and Scientific Section on implementing the scheduling decisions of the Commission.   After welcoming remarks by H.E. Ambassador Bente Angell-Hansen, Chair of the 60th session of the CND, and introductory remarks by H.E. Ambassador Leigh Turner, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the UN (Vienna), the event was addressed by Mr. Gilles Fortes from the World Health Organization, Mr. Justice Tettey from UNODC delivering the presentation "Scheduling - from Decision to Implementation" as well as Mr. Stefano Berterame on behalf of the INCB Secretariat. 
Invitation  |  Presentations:  Justice Tettey (UNODC)   | Gilles Fortes (WHO) |   Stefano Berterame (INCB)

13-17 March 2017 - Post-UNGASS at the 60th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs

The 60th anniversary session of the Commission took place from 13-17 March 2017 in Vienna and was attended by more than 1700 participants representing Member States, UN entities and other intergovernmental organizations as well as a broad spectrum of civil society representatives. In addition to the annual youth forum and scientific forum, nearly 100 side events were organized in the margins of the session. Participants discussed the UNGASS follow-up process in the formal proceedings under agenda item 6 " Follow-up to the special session of the General Assembly on the world drug problem held in 2016, including the seven thematic areas of the outcome document of the special session", and delegations reiterated the leading role of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs as the central policymaking body in the United Nations system for drug-related matters and  commended the Commission for its intensive UNGASS follow-up process, based on the principles of comprehensiveness and inclusiveness, with all seven thematic areas being dealt with equally. It was highlighted that UNGASS represented a milestone in the international debate on the world drug problem, and delegations reiterated their firm commitment to implement the more than 100 operational recommendations. It was stressed by participants that the world drug problem remained a major and complex challenge for the international community and required an evidence-based balanced, integrated and comprehensive approach based on the principle of common and shared responsibility, with human beings at the centre of policies and programmes. Appreciation was expressed for the efforts by the CND Facilitator for post-UNGASS matters, H.E. Ambassador Pedro Mointinho de Almeida for supporting the Commission with the implementation of the commitments made at UNGASS.

The CND-led UNGASS follow-up was also topic in a resolution tabled by the Chair of the 60 th session, H.E. Ambassador Bente Angell-Hansen, on the preparations for the sixty-second session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in 2019. In resolution 60/1, the Commission welcomed the inclusive and comprehensive UNGASS follow-up process that was initiated by the Commission shortly after the adoption of the outcome document, and decided to continue to hold intersessional meetings to further work on the implementation and the sharing of best practices corresponding to the seven thematic areas and benefitting from the expertise of all relevant stakeholders. In addition, the Commission adopted decision 60/1, also tabled by the Chair on behalf of the Commission, on strengthening the subsidiary bodies of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, following inter alia the recommendation 6 (c) of the UNGASS outcome document, to strengthen, including through the subsidiary bodies of the Commission, the regular exchange of information, good practices and lessons learned among national practitioners from different fields and at all levels to effectively implement an integrated and balanced approach to the world drug problem and its various aspects, and consider additional measures to further facilitate meaningful discussion among those practitioners.

In addition, the UNGASS outcome and its implementation featured prominently in numerous of the nearly 100 side events that were held in the margins of the Commission's 60 th session, touching upon the implementation of the operational recommendations of the seven thematic chapters, from prevention and treatment of drug abuse, increasing access to controlled substances for medical and scientific purposes to proportionate and effective policies and responses to the world drug problem. More information on the side events held at the margins of the 60 th session of the Commission can be found here.

 

 

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