Vienna, Austria

13 March 2017

Secretary-General's video message on the 60th Anniversary of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs

Congratulations on the 60th anniversary of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs.
 
There is much to celebrate.
 
The Commission led an open and inclusive preparatory process for the UN General Assembly Special Session in 2016.
 
Its unanimous outcome is rich and forward-looking – promising a more comprehensive approach to the world drug problem.  
 
This can also advance progress on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
 
Now we must build on the momentum with joint action to honour commitments.
 
I welcome the Commission’s intensive, inclusive and comprehensive follow-up focused on operational recommendations. And I remain committed to support stronger cooperation and coordination across UN entities.
 
I hope the Commission can draw on successful experiences in law enforcement, prevention, health care, human rights and development.
 
As Prime Minister of Portugal, I sought the best policies for a comprehensive response. I remain personally committed to progress.
 
You have a chance to deepen reflection on drug policies before the current strategy ends in 2019.
 
I fully support your work, and look forward to visiting Vienna in the future.
 
Thank you.