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

12/03/2012

Statement on the Commission on Narcotic Drugs

Statement by H. E. Ambassador Günther A. Granser

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

Vienna, 12 March 2012

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Chairperson,

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.

With a focus on drug prevention, the promotion of healthy lifestyles, the Sovereign Order of Malta aims to elaborate and expand on synergies with UNODC.

The recently signed Joint Statement between the Order and UNODC establishes a frame work for closer cooperation by which the Order will give greater visibility to various UNODC campaigns in areas of mutual interest. Strong partnerships are essential on working to combat drugs abuse, address HIV and AIDS, and reduce poverty and in reaching out to the world’s most vulnerable whose lives are adversely affected by criminals every day, particularly in the developing world.

We must now renew our commitment to global fight against drugs and set clear policy directives thereupon for the years ahead. The Declaration and Plan of Action adopted previously represent the results of such assessment.

We value the very concept of having these two instruments reinforcing each other and constituting a whole: a declaration takes stock of achievements and identifies challenges, coupled with a Plan of Action providing clear, specific and comprehensive orientations to address those challenges.

The Declaration and its plan of Action confirm the set of basic values and tenets that the UN proclaimed in 1998, and which are reflected in the Political Declaration adopted at that time, and subsequently instrumented in the three international drug control conventions. Of these values and tenets the Sovereign Order of Malta reiterates the centrality of the fight against illicit drugs as a common and shared responsibility requiring an integrated and balanced approach, and particular in full conformity with the purposes of the Charter of the United Nations and the referred conventions.

Chairperson,

Community wide support is needed to combat drug abuse. Teachers and schools play an important role in a child’s self esteem and family skills training programs have become particularly successful and could be more widely used in low and middle income countries. Although it is important to continue to making efforts to curtail supply, the greatest challenge in global drug control is to curb demand, which would ultimately reduce supply.

We have all progressed in our understanding of the global problem and the approach to tackling counter-drug issues since the first Commission on Narcotic Drugs. The Order takes pride in the accomplishments of the Commission; it has demonstrated throughout its history a commitment to substantive achievements.

Finally, taking all this into consideration the Sovereign Order of Malta fully supports the untiring efforts of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime making the world safer from threats to well –being of humanity. Progress in these efforts can only be achieved when nations work together. It is the interest of the Sovereign Order of Malta to collaborate in this vital fight.

Thank you for your attention.