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General Assembly President: Work of Vienna-based Commissions and UNODC crucial for achievement of Sustainable Development Goals

The President of the seventy-third session of the United Nations General Assembly, H.E. Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, commended the Vienna-based Commissions and UNODC for their contribution to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  "The work of the Vienna Commissions has informed the priorities set out for the 73rd session of the General Assembly […] I very much hope that these links, this collaboration, can be deepened as we enter the 'decade for delivery' of the SDGs", she said.

In front of a large number of representatives of Member States and Observers, Vienna-based organizations and civil society, H.E. Ms. Espinosa Garcés delivered a key note address on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda at a special event organized jointly by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) and the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ), supported by UNODC and in cooperation with UNIS. At the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the inauguration of the Vienna International Centre, on 23 August 2019, she highlighted that the UN's ability to harness expertise from across the world, showcased by the United Nations' work in Vienna, was essential for achieving our shared vision of more peaceful, just and sustainable societies.

The chairs of the Commissions, H.E. Ms. Alena Kupchyna, Chair of the CCPCJ and H.E. Mr. Mirghani Abbaker Altayeb Bakhet, Chair of the CND, provided updates on the work of their respective Commissions and identified interlinkages with the Sustainable Development Agenda. In the Ministerial Declaration, adopted by consensus in March this year, the CND had reiterated that efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and to effectively address the world drug problem were complementary and mutually reinforcing, emphasised H.E. Mr. Bakhet.

H.E. Ms. Kupchyna underlined: "Sustainable Development Goal 16 - on promoting peaceful and inclusive societies and providing access to justice for all - […] touches upon the core mandates of CCPCJ, namely strengthening the rule of law, addressing crime, corruption and terrorism". Special reference was made to the work of the CCPCJ as preparatory body for the 14th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Kyoto 2020 that would focus on "Advancing crime prevention, criminal justice and the rule of law: towards the achievement of the 2030 Agenda".

UNODC Executive Director Mr. Yury Fedotov highlighted that the UN family of organizations at the Vienna International Centre was diverse - from UNODC and its mandates addressing global transnational challenges, to the agencies focusing on outer space affairs, peaceful uses of nuclear energy and non-proliferation as well as industrial development - but united under the SDGs. "Here we take our lead from the GA and from President Espinosa, who has emphasized the importance of system-wide cooperation and breaking silos", he said.