Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
26 June 2003
from H.E. Mr. Jan Kavan, President of the Fifty-seventh Session
of the United Nations General Assembly
about drugs.” The theme of this year’s International
Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking provides a chance
to talk – in our homes, in our local communities, in our
global community – about drug abuse, the problems it creates,
and the ways we might prevent it.
abuse is a global problem. Narcotics are produced all over the
world. Drug trafficking knows no boundaries. An estimated 200
million people worldwide consume illicit drugs. Drug abuse furthers
socio-economic and political instability, it undermines sustainable
development, and it hampers efforts to reduce poverty and crime.
talked about drugs a great deal at the United Nations this year.
In April, we held our 46th Session of the Commission on Narcotics
Drugs, and more than 100 Member States participated in a ministerial-level
session to assess the effectiveness of the existing network of
drug control policies.
some cases, the policies seem to be working. Cultivation and production
are down in the Golden Triangle of South East Asia and in the
Andes of Latin America. Trafficking routes are under pressure
from international law enforcement. Demand for drugs is down in
Bolivia, Pakistan, Peru, Thailand and Turkey.
these successes are diminished by dismaying trends elsewhere.
Afghanistan is producing record crops of poppies. Drug abuse is
on the rise in the new markets of Eastern Europe, Russia and China.
Injecting drug use is becoming one of the main modes of HIV/AIDS
proliferation in many parts of the world. Synthetic drugs pose
a yet to be fully understood threat.
do these trends mean? They mean that we need to keep talking.
this International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking,
I call upon Member States, Donor States and Non-State Organizations
to recommit themselves to an international cooperative effort
to control illicit drug production, trafficking and consumption.
Action must be multifaceted and complementary, involving alternative
crop development, international law enforcement and various demand-reduction
we are to have any hope of solving the global drug problem, we
are going to need to work together to forge a global solution.