Vienna, March 19: The United Arab Emirates on Saturday before the 60th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna said that it will continue to support the ongoing international efforts to fight and eradicate drugs to protect the health and safety of human beings.
The UAE further stressed that it has achieved positive results in the fight against drugs at the national level, given the reduction in the number of drug addicts over the past years, the same levels were maintained during 2016 when seizures and confiscation operations rose by 25 percent over the previous year.
Delivering the UAE’s speech before the audience, Colonel Saeed Abdullah Al Suwaidi, Director-General of the Anti-Narcotics Federal General Directorate at the Ministry of Interior, said that the UAE, in light of an overall national strategy, has adopted 26 operational indicators to assess the progress of performance that has been made in the fight against drugs at all security, customs, health, educational, and civic sectors, based on the shared responsibility to protect society from this scourge.
During the session, the audience also discussed the latest developments in this field, and the latest narcotic substances and their effects. They further discussed several ways to criminalize these substances globally, within the agendas of the international conventions on drugs.
They also reviewed global experiences and studied the draft resolutions, which member states desire to adopt the policies and strategies to fight drugs, as well as the organization of more than 80 workshops and events that would contribute to the development of ways to combat the phenomenon.
Notably, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs is one of the functional commissions of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and is the central drug policy-making body within the United Nations system. The Commission has important functions under the drug control treaties in force today; most notably, it can amend the Schedules of controlled substances under the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs and the Convention on Psychotropic Substances.
The Commission on Narcotic Drugs was established by the ECOSOC in 1946, with Canadian Charles Henry Ludovic Sharman as its first chair. Its predecessor, the Advisory Committee on the Traffic in Opium and Other Dangerous Drugs, was established by the first Assembly of the League of Nations on December 15, 1920. The Advisory Committee held its first meeting from May 2 to May 5, 1921, and continued its activities until 1940.