Statement on the Commission on Narcotic Drugs Order of Malta - Permanent Observer Mission

02/12/2010

Statement on the Commission on Narcotic Drugs

Statement by H. E. Ambassador G√ľnther A. Granser

Permanent Observer to UN and IAEA
at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (Reconvened Fifty-third session)

Vienna, 2 December 2010

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Chairperson, Executive Director, Distinguished Delegates,

Allow me to congratulate you on your election and acknowledge the balance, professionalism and sensibility that, with the excellent support of the Secretariat, you have observed in the successful preparation of this session.

The Sovereign Order of Malta supports the commitment to the global fight against drugs and the setting of clear policy directives thereupon for the years ahead. The Political Declaration and the Plan of Action represent the results of such assessment. A Declaration that takes stock of achievements and identifies challenges, coupled with the plan of Action providing clear, specific and comprehensive orientations addresses those challenges. The Order reiterates the centrality of the fight against illicit drugs as a common and shared responsibility requiring an integrated and balanced approach, in particular in full conformity with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and the drug control conventions.

The effective fight against illicit drugs at the international level requires a solid institutional scheme, as embodied in the CND, the INCB and UNODC. In particular improving the collection, reporting and analysis of date to monitor the implementation of the Political Declaration and Plan of Action on international cooperation towards an integrated and balanced strategy to counter the world drug problem is to be widely encouraged.

The Order supports that means should be provided to combat poverty and social marginalization as well as to improve the quality of life at the grass-root level through education and economic support, in conjunction with sustainable development.

Chairperson, I would like to conclude by emphasizing how important and beneficial the work of this Commission is to all the efforts to protect citizens from the terrible consequences of drugs. It is clear that effort to combat drugs in isolation or unilaterally is doomed for failure. Progress is only possible when all nations work together. It is the interest of the Sovereign Order of Malta to collaborate in this vital fight against illegal drugs.

Thank you for the opportunity to address you today.