60th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (March 2017)

The Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) holds its 60th session in Vienna from 13 to 17 March 2017. France is taking an active part in the session, promoting comprehensive and balanced drug policies based on supply and demand reduction, international cooperation and the respect of human rights. France is a candidate to the April 2017 elections for membership of the CND for the period 2018-2021.

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The Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) holds its 60th session in Vienna from 13 to 17 March 2017. It serves as a forum for an exchange of views between Governments’ representatives, international organizations and civil society organizations. It is also the occasion to adopt a number of resolutions and update the classification of controlled substances.

As laid out in the statement delivered on behalf of the French delegationby Mr. Nicolas Prisse, head of the Interministerial Mission on drugs and addicitve behaviours (MILDECA), France promotes comprehensive and balanced drug policies based on supply and demand reduction, international cooperation and the respect of human rights – in line with its National plan for combatting drugs and addictive behaviors 2013-2017. It also attaches the utmost importance to prevention, especially towards young persons.

Wednesday 15 March will be dedicated to the follow-up on the Special session of the United Nations General Assembly on the world drug problem (UNGASS 2016), which took place in April 2016. This special session adopted an outcome document entitled “Our joint commitment to effectively addressing and countering the world drug problem” containing practical recommendations to Member States on prevention and treatment of addictive behaviors, availability of controlled substances for medical purposes, policies against drug-related criminal activities, money-laundering, corruption, new psychoactive substances as well as international and regional cooperation.

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The Commission on Narcotic Drugs, as a governing body of the ONUDC, has been tasked with assisting Member States in implementing these recommendations, including through a review of measures taken at national level and the dissemination of best practices. In order for the Commission to carry out this role effectively, Member States committed themselves to provide all relevant information on progress made in implementing these recommendations. A follow-up process of UNGASS has been set up under the form of a series of thematic debates organized by the Commission. On the occasion of the current 60th session, a debate will take place on measures to be taken by the Commission with a view to helping Member States in translating the recommendations into practice.

A special side-event entitled “New initiatives in prevention : Strengthening the global prevention response » will be jointly organized on Tuesday 14 March by the Governements of France, Norway and Singapore, in cooperation with UNODC. This event shall provide France and co-organizers with an occasion to reaffirm the importance of prevention as an integral part of its anti-drugs policy. It shall also be focused on following up on the ONUDC campaign “Listen first” financially supported by MILDECA.

Finally, the 60th session of the CND will provide an opportunity to present France’s candidacy to the April 2017 elections for membership of the CND for the period 2018-2021. In the context of this election, France will outline its global and balanced approach to drug problems, as well as its intention to maintain the unity of the international community on the three United Nations Conventions of 1961, 1971 and 1988 and the Vienna-based entities in charge of their implementation (CND, INCB, UNODC).

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Dernière modification : 17/03/2017

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