By UNODC.  The 59th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) closed yesterday with a reminder of the UN General Assembly Special Session on the world drug problem (UNGASS 2016) to be held in April this year.

“The 59th Session was especially important given that we now stand on the threshold of UNGASS 2016, which is to be held in New York next month,” said UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov, in his closing remarks.

Commenting on the finalisation by Member States of the outcome document, he said, “I warmly welcome the agreement on the outcome document to be adopted at UNGASS 2016 in New York in April. The document can now be used to forge the action needed to assist millions of women, children, and men around the world.”

“I also see this April’s UNGASS as a moment in time to create the necessary cooperation to address the world drug problem, to link our activities to the UN’s overall work of achieving sustainable development, and to build momentum towards 2019 and the review of the Political Declaration and Plan of Action on the world drug problem,” said Mr. Fedotov.

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