The UN General Assembly held a Special Session (UNGASS) on drugs in 2016 and adopted the outcome document "Our joint commitment to effectively addressing and countering the world drug problem" ( A/RES/S-30/1).
In this document, Member States committed themselves to implementing the operational recommendations contained therein and to reporting on progress made in this endeavor to the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND).
To this end, the CND decided to cover all chapters of the outcome document in thematic discussions during intersessional meetings and its reconvened session in 2016.
Upon the proposal of the Chair, the Commission appointed H.E. Ambassador Pedro Moitinho (Portugal), former vice-Chair of the Board tasked by the CND with UNGASS preparations, to facilitate the work of the Commission's post UNGASS efforts with a view to ensuring continuity and benefit from the experience and knowledge gained throughout the UNGASS preparatory process.
Facilitator CND post UNGASS
In his capacity as vice-Chair of the UNGASS Board, Ambassador Moitinho de Almeida had supported the negotiations on the UNGASS outcome document and chaired the round table "Demand reduction and related measures, including prevention and treatment, as well as health-related issues; and ensuring the availability of controlled substances for medical and scientific purposes, while preventing their diversion ("drugs and health")" at the special session.
During his career with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which he joined in 1975, Ambassador Moitinho de Almeida has served in various capacities, among them:
Special Representative of the Portuguese Presidency of the European Union for the Strategic Dialogues and Troikas with third countries on Asian and Oceania affairs (2007); Head of Mission of the European Union Monitors for the Balkans, Sarajevo (2000); Head of the Portuguese Mission in Timor-Leste (2000-2002); Consul-General in Barcelona, Counselor of Embassy and Minister Plenipotentiary (1993-1997); Director of the Africa Bureau (1991); Director of the Bureau for Security Defence and Disarmament (1990); Chief of Division of the Multilateral Bureau (1989).
Ambassador Moitinho de Almeida holds a degree in Economics from the University of Lisbon.
He is married and has two daughters.