By General Assembly of the United Nations.

1 December 2015
Mr. Chairman, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Thank you very much for the kind invitation to speak to you today in the context of preparations for the UN General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem in April.

The world drug problem continues to pose a serious threat to the health, safety and well-being of all humanity, in particular our youth.

It demands that people are at the centre of all our efforts and that we identify practical solutions to support and empower those most affected.

And as a transnational threat, it presents common challenges and shared responsibilities for all member states.

Despite increased efforts, however, cooperation in addressing this problem must be strengthened and we must seek greater effectiveness and true comprehensiveness.

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