By CND Blog.

CND Chair, Ambassador Arthayudh Srisamoot

It is my pleasure as the chair of CND to see the participation in today’s meeting of the President of the General Assembly H.E. Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, and the cooperation and commitment of all stakeholders present in preparing the upcoming UNGASS.

The world drug problem is one that requires a novel response and requires us all to work together to find solutions. Since being requested by the UN General Assembly to lead the UNGASS preparatory process, the commission has embarked on an exciting journey.

As you may be aware, the 58th session of the CND took place in March this year. A core part of it involved holding five interactive thematic sessions. All participants exchanged ideas and shared practical experiences and lessons learnt from years of dealing with drug problems. Additionally, a record number of 50 side events were organised throughout the session, by various groups ranging from member states, UN entities, and civil society organisations. At next week’s reconvened session, a total of 15 side events will be taking place. This will provide another opportunity for all stakeholders to interact with each other and benefit from all perspectives.

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