Invitation

A special commemorative event of the sixty-third session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, devoted to the United Nations International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, will be held virtually on Friday, 26 June 2020, starting at 2:00 p.m., Vienna Time (CEST). On this occasion, the World Drug Report 2020 will be launched, followed by a discussion on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the world drug situation, from a regional perspective, co-sponsored by the EU and UNODC.  

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The Special Event will take place as a virtual event. 

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Seventy-fifth anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter

26 June 2020 marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter. To commemorate this important anniversary, the Executive Director of UNODC opened the CND Special Event with remarks in her capacity as Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna, and H.E. Mr. Alexander Schallenberg, Austrian Federal Minister for European and International Affairs spoke for the Host Country. 

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Launch of the World Drug Report 2020

Presented in six separate booklets, the World Drug Report 2020 provides a wealth of information and analysis to support the international community in implementing operational recommendations on a number of drug policies issues, including the recommendations contained in the outcome document of the special session of the 2016 General Assembly on the world drug problem, held in 2016.

Welcoming remarks by H.E. Ambassador Mansoor Ahmad KHAN, Chair, Commission on Narcotic Drugs

Opening remarks by Ms. Ghada WALY, Executive Director, UNODC

Presentation by Ms. Angela ME, UNODC

Interventions by

  • H.E. Eric Anderson, Permanent Representative of Peru to the United Nations (Vienna)
  • H.E. Kazem Gharib Abadi, Permanent Representative of Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations (Vienna)
  • H.E. Juan Carlos Ojeda, Permanent Representative of Uruguay to the United Nations (Vienna)
  • H.E. Takeshi Hikihara, Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations (Vienna)
  • H.E. Gerhard Kuentzle, Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations (Vienna)
  • H.E. Ahmet Muhtar Gün, Permanent Representative of Turkey to the United Nations (Vienna)
  • H.E. Miguel Camilo Ruiz Blanco, Permanent Representative of Colombia to the United Nations (Vienna)
  • H.E. Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel, Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations (Vienna)
  • H.E. Loipa Sánchez, Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations (Vienna)
  • H.E. Omar Amer Youssef, Permanent Representative of Egypt to the United Nations (Vienna)
  • Ms. Dulfa Dalila Hernandez Medina, Minister Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Venezuela to the United Nations (Vienna)
  • Ms. Stephanie Payano Alberto, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of the Dominican Republic to the United Nations (Vienna)
  • Mr. Isaac Morales, Coordinator of Multidimensional Security Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico
  • Mr. Emmanuel Nweke, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations (Vienna)
  • Mr. Nolan Klein, Permanent Mission of the United States of America to the United Nations (Vienna)
  • Mr. Danil Mokin, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations (Vienna)
  • Mr. Francis Contreras, Commissioner, Agency of Sanitary Regulation (ARSA), Honduras
  • Mr. Rezar Velmishi, Head of Sector Against Narcotics, State Police, Albania
  • Mr. Cornelis P de Joncheere, President, INCB
  • H.E. Vladimir Norov, Secretary General, Shanghai Cooperation Organization
  • Dr. Abidan Chansa, International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (NGO Representative)

Additional statements by Civil Society

Ms. Sanela Talić, [Institute for Research and Development "Utrip"] - [Video]
Ms. Mariana López Zaldívar [Equis Justicia para las Mujeres A.C.] - [Video]
Mr. Tanveer Singh, [UNITED SIKHS] - [Video]

Closing remarks by H.E. Ambassador Mansoor Ahmad KHAN, Chair, Commission on Narcotic Drugs

Discussion on the Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on the World Drug Situation - A Regional Respective (Co-sponsored by the EU and UNODC)

The launch of the 2020 World Drug Report will be followed by a discussion dedicated to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the world drug situation. Co-sponsored by the European Union and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, this discussion will focus in particular on the regional perspectives of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the drug situation.

Welcoming remarks by H.E. Ambassador Mansoor Ahmad KHAN, Chair, Commission on Narcotic Drugs

Opening remarks by Ms. Ghada WALY, Executive Director UNODC, and by
Mr. Olivier ONIDI, Deputy Director-General, EU DG HOME

Presentation by Ms. Angela ME, UNODC

Regional perspectives - panel interventions by

Ms. Catherine DE BOLLE, Executive Director, Europol
H.E. Ambassador Adam NAMM, Executive Secretary, Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission, Organization of American States
H.E. Ms. Amira ELFADIL, Commissioner for Social Affairs, African Union Commission
Jamie BRIDGE, Chair, Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs (VNGOC)

Interventions by

  • H.E. Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel, Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations (Vienna)
  • H.E. Omar Amer Youssef, Permanent Representative of Egypt to the United Nations (Vienna)
  • H.E. Gishlain D’Hoop, Permanent Representative of Belgium to the United Nations (Vienna)
  • Mr. Danil Mokin, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations (Vienna)
  • Mr. Diego Tipan, Undersecretary of Citizen Security, Ministry of Government of Ecuador
  • Mr. Seán Ó'Riain, Chargé d'Affaires, Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations in Vienna
  • Mr. Artur Malczewski, National Bureau for Drug Prevention, Poland
  • Mr. Rezar Velmishi, Head of Sector Against Narcotics, State Police, Albania
  • Ms. Zhou Ming, Office of the National Narcotics Control Commission, China
  • Mr. Cornelis P de Joncheere, President, INCB
  • Mr. Zaved Mahmood, Office of the High-Commissioner for Human Rights

Closing remarks by Mr. Alexis GOOSDEEL, Director, European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction

Closing remarks by H.E. Ambassador Mansoor Ahmad KHAN, Chair, Commission on Narcotic Drugs