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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 endeavour 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  good  practices,  challenges  and  lessons  learnt  in  the  practical implementation of the UNGASS operational recommendations. 

For the three rounds of thematic discussions held by the Commission in 2017 and 2018, the then 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)

 

2016-2017 CND post UNGASS  Facilitator

                                                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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