The fight against the global trade in illicit drugs is a responsibility that is shared by all people according to the UN Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson.
Countries from around the world are currently meeting in Vienna at the 57th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs to look at ways to counter the $320 billion a year illicit drugs trade.
Mr Eliasson said that the effects of drugsare far-reaching.“Illicit drugs affect all of us, directly or indirectly. Many millions of men, women and children are denied productive lives, languishing in prisons, in clinics, or in miserable conditions. No nation can escape the impact of these criminal networks. We all share the responsibility to forge effective solutions.”
He added that drug trafficking fuels criminal networks and weakens the rule of law.The UN’s task force on drugs and crime upholds the fundamental principles of three international drug control conventions: the protection of the health and the welfare of humankind the promotion and protection of human rights through the rule of law.
Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.
CAPTION: Jan Eliasson