FIFTY-FIRST SESSION OF THE SUBCOMMISSION

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 20 to 24 November 2016

 

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The Subcommission on Illicit Drug Traffic and Related Matters in the Near and Middle East came together for its 51th meeting in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) from 20 to 24 November 2016. The conference was attended by representatives of 14 Near and Middle East States, observers from Australia, Germany, the Russian Federation, the US, as well as the Gulf Criminal Information Centre to Combat Drugs, the Arab Interior Ministers Council, Interpol and the Naif Arab University for Security Sciences.

The meeting covered a wide range of issues and included three working groups focusing on strengthening cooperation and coordination against trafficking; current trends and modus operandi in the trafficking of amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS), new psychoactive substances (NPS) and pharmaceutical preparations; and, comprehensive and balanced drug-related policies through cooperation and coordination mechanisms among domestic authorities at all levels.

In addition, a cross-cutting, post-UNGASS related working group discussed practical measures tailored to the specific needs of children and youth to prevent drug abuse and to facilitate consideration of the needs of underage drug offenders with regard to the criminal justice system.

The meeting suggested a well-established culture of co-operation between law enforcement and drug control agencies in the region, that translated into exchanging information and best practices the planning of joint operations and bilateral agreements. The recommendations adopted by the meeting will be brought to the consideration of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs at its 60th session in March 2017.

Information for participants

  List of Documents

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Political Declaration and Plan of Action on International Cooperation towards an integrated and balanced strategy to counter the world drug problem

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Joint Ministerial Statement of the 2014 High-Level Review by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs of the Implementation by Member States of the Political Declaration and Plan of Action on International Cooperation towards an Integrated and Balanced Strategy to Counter the World Drug Problem

A/RES/S-30/1

Outcome document adopted by the General Assembly at its special session on the world drug problem (19-21 April 2016, New York), entitled "Out joint commitment to effectively addressing and countering the world drug problem"

UNODC/SUBCOM/51/1

Provisional agenda, annotations and proposed organization of work

UNODC/SUBCOM/51/2

Report of the Secretariat on statistics on drug trafficking trends in the Near and Middle East, in South, West and Central Asia and worldwide

UNODC/SUBCOM/51/3

Note by the Secretariat on the current situation with respect to regional and subregional cooperation

UNODC/SUBCOM/51/4

Note by the Secretariat on the review of implementation by States of the region of the recommendations adopted by the Subcommission on Illicit Drug Traffic and Related Matters in the Near and Middle East at its forty-ninth session

UNODC/SUBCOM/51/5

Note by the Secretariat on the organization of the fifty-second session of the Subcommission

UNODC/SUBCOM/51/CRP.1

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Background Note of the Secretariat: Working group on practical measures tailored to the specific needs of children and youth to prevent drug abuse and facilitate consideration of the needs of underage drug offenders with regard to the criminal justice system

UNODC/SUBCOM/51/6

 

Report of the fifty-first session of the Subcommission on Illicit Drug Traffic and Related Matters in the Near and Middle East