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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).

Following the adoption of the UNGASS outcome document, the CND initiated an intensive follow-up process, based on the principles of comprehensiveness and inclusiveness, with all seven thematic chapters of the UNGASS outcome document dealt with equally, and ample opportunities provided for all stakeholders to bring their expertise to the table, including United Nations entities and specialized agencies, international  and  regional  organizations  and  civil  society.  A  core  part  of  that CND-led UNGASS follow-up process are the thematic discussions focused on the exchange  of  go od  practices,  challenges  and  lessons  learnt  in  the  practical implementation of the UNGASS operational recommendations. Three rounds of the Commission's thematic discussions have been held to date, in October 2016 and in January 2017, following a decision taken by the CND at its intersessional  meeting  on  8  September  2016  and  its  reconvened  59th  session  in December 2016 respectively, and from September to November 2017, according to the Commission's workplan of 30 June and in line with CND resolution 60/1, entitled "Preparations for the sixty-second session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in 2019", with the Commission deciding to continue to hold intersessional meetings to further work on, and support Member States in, the implementation of the outcome document.

For each of the three rounds of thematic discussions held by the Commission since the adoption of the UNGASS outcome document, the CND Facilitator for post-UNGASS matters prepared remarks and submitted them to the Commission's regular and reconvened sessions in the form of a conference room paper:
Remarks-First round of thematic discussions on UNGASS Follow-up (October 2016)
Remarks-Second round of thematic discussions on UNGASS Follow-up (January 2017)
Remarks-Third round of thematic discussion on UNGASS Follow-up (September - November 2017)

Facilitator CND post UNGASS

                                                In his capacity as vice-Chair of the UNGASS Board, Ambassador Moitinho de Almeida had supported the negotiations on the UN GASS 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.

 

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.

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