Today, the 62nd session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs has opened in Vienna, the capital of the Republic of Austria.
As part of the Russian interdepartmental delegation, headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov, the high-level forum is attended by a delegation of the MIA of Russia headed by State Secretary - Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation Igor Zubov.
During the session, it is planned to summarize the joint work over the past 10 years and determine guidelines and priorities for the future.
Igor Zubov spoke at the “round table” on behalf of the Eastern European group on the theme “Summing-up the implementation of all commitments made to jointly address the world drug problem and combat it, in particular, taking into account the set for 2019 target date for achieving the goals set in paragraph 36 of the Political Declaration; analysis of existing and emerging trends, gaps and challenges”.
“The most important tool in the fight against the global drug threat is still the three UN anti-drug conventions, which, as confirmed by the special session of the UN General Assembly in 2016, are the cornerstone of the international drug control system,” said the State-Secretary - Deputy Minister.
He also assured all participants of the event that “the Russian Federation is fully committed to the tasks of preserving and strengthening the existing international system of control over drugs and their precursors with a central coordinating role of the UN”.
An exhibition of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia dedicated to the activities of the Ministry in the area of countering illicit drug trafficking was organized on the “sidelines” of the session.
The session will complete its work on March 22.
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