By CND Blog.
H.E. Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, President of the UN General Assembly
Welcome to the IISC in support of the UNGASS meeting. UNGASS is a major event in the 2016 GA calendar. What we are facing in these discussions is a transnational threat represented by the world drug problem and representing the common challenge and shared responsibly of all MS. It is a problem that destroys lives, often of society’s most vulnerable. Tears families apart. Pits drug users against drug suppliers. Even pits countries where drugs are used against countries where drugs are consumed. Sustainable development, criminal justice, international law, human rights are all relevant. This is an example of a 21st century problem requiring long-term engagement across borders and action by government. That’s why I have been greatly encouraged by the open and inclusive preparatory process of the UNGASS. The IPU contribution to the preparatory process of UNGASS took place yesterday. Today’s consultation taking place just two months before the UNGASS is the opportunity for civil society, researchers, youth groups, and other stakeholders to provide input. You can enrich and help guide the negotiation process that is underway in Vienna. This is particularly the case today that UNGASS Board Chair H.E. Khaled Shamaa is here. Encourage you all to engage as openly and frankly as possible, and wish you all the most successful of meetings. I will return at the end of the day to deliver closing remarks.