Speaking ahead of the forthcoming UN General Assembly Session (UNGASS) on the world’s drug problem, which will take place in April, Ban Ki-Moon, the UN General Secretary called on the world community to weigh every option available to confront the issue, which he stated promotes violence, endangers communities and undermines people’s health. He continued: “

"This global challenge is interconnected with corruption, terrorism and illicit flows of money….Those who traffic in illegal drugs may also be involved in human trafficking, kidnapping, firearms smuggling, murder and numerous other crimes. But the world drug problem is also a health problem, linked to overdoses, the ravages of addiction and the spread of HIV and hepatitis"

 He emphasized that UNGASS 2016 will provide an opportunity for the international community to enter into an informed and wide-ranging discussion on drug policy, helping it to develop objectives, based on human rights and concern health and welfare and that it will also reaffirm the central principle that no country can confront these issues alone.  He added:

 "Shared responsibility can ensure the delivery of balanced and comprehensive drug policies with a renewed focus on human rights and public health, including prevention, treatment and care."

In advance of UNGASS 2016 the WHO Secretariat has also approved a report on the public health dimension to drugs, which is available at this link.

The UN General Assembly special session on the world drug problem is scheduled from 19 to 21 April at UN Headquarters in New York. 

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