The Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations Organizations stressed on giving priority to assisting developing countries in order to achieve the goals of sustainable development, as they are the key to political and social stability.
Qatar called for rapid and effective international action to protect people and future generations from drugs.
Sultan bin Salmeen Al Mansouri made these remarks in Vienna during the 66th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND).
He discussed what was stated in the World Drug Report 2022, which is the first report after the Coronavirus pandemic.
He said, in this regard, that the report presented a bleak picture of the drug situation in the world, as cocaine production reached a record high level.
Seizures of synthetic drugs have also increased dramatically, and markets for these drugs are expanding into new areas.
More young people are taking drugs than previous generations, while people who need treatment are unable to get it, especially women.
The statement called for rapid and effective international action to protect peoples and future generations from drugs, in accordance with the principle of public and shared responsibility and according to the mechanisms of international pluralism, including the UN bodies concerned with sustainable development, and based on the three international conventions on drugs, political declarations, and approved action plans, starting with the 2009 Declaration.
He notes that the decision to legalize cannabis use in some countries has had wide-ranging implications for public health, the rule of law and public safety, which requires further monitoring of the consequences of this decision.
HE Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations organizations in Vienna stressed that the failure of sustainable development efforts is necessarily reflected in efforts to combat drugs, which requires extending international aid to the peoples and societies affected by this scourge.