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Chair of UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs Supports Work of OAS General Assembly at Special Session

  September 19, 2014

The Chairperson of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) of the United Nations (UN) at its 57th session, Ambassador Khaled Abdel-Rahman Shamaa, today sent a message to the plenary OAS General Assembly at its 46th special session. He pointed to the work of the hemispheric organization in addressing the drug issue and said the Guatemala meeting certainly “is very timely; this is the time for member states to devote attention to this topic of the highest importance to the region and the world."

The Egyptian diplomat emphasized the important contribution the OAS made to the worldwide debate in the Report on the Drug Problem in the Americas, prepared under the direction of the Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza. He said the document was used as a resource for preparation of the high-level study of 2014, and that he hopes to use the findings of this special session of the OAS General Assembly in a similar fashion.

Chairperson Abdel-Rahman Shamaa added that “the Commission on Narcotic Drugs needs the support of your Hemisphere,” especially in view of the upcoming special session of the United Nations General Assembly on drugs, in 2016.

Lastly, the diplomat reaffirmed that, with the countries' support and the talks in Guatemala, “we can make the 2016 special session of the UN General Assembly a turning point.”

The message was sent to the top representative of the OAS at the 46th special session of the OAS General Assembly, which concludes today in Guatemala. The Assembly adopted a resolution on "reflections and guidelines to formulate and follow up on comprehensive policies to address the world drug problem in the Americas," which will provide input for global discussion at the United Nations in 2016.

The video of of Chairperson Abdel-Rahman Shamaa's message is available here.

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Reference: E-389/14