Kuwait: UNODC has great role in helping countries fight illicit drugs

Waleed Al-Duraie attends the 59th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND)
Waleed Al-Duraie attends the 59th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND)

VIENNA, March 15 (KUNA) — Kuwait on Tuesday underlined important role of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in building capabilities and providing know-how to countries with the objective of fighting drug dealing and trafficking.
The UN General Assembly’s Special Session on the World Drug Problem, due next month, is a genuine opportunity to seek best solutions towards cracking down on drugs “which has been shattering lives of people and communities as well as posing a threat to health, security and economy,” Brigadier Waleed Al-Duraie said.
Al-Duraie, addressing the 59th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), said drugs posed a real global challenge which required a serious will to fight it.
He said Kuwait has adopted a full-fledged strategy to fight drugs, based on achieving security, as well as economic and social stability.
Kuwait’s public and private sectors, added Al-Duraie, established special centers for the rehabilitation of drug addicts who would ultimately blend back in the society.
National committees, Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), media and social media are also contributing to the warning against drugs, he said.
Al-Duraie underlined Kuwait’s commitment to international drugs agreements, while respecting culture and religion of countries.
He called for stepping up cooperation at regional and international levels to tackle drug-related crimes, like money laundering.
UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov said the UN agency was promoting a comprehensive understanding of the world drug problem and the need to put people first, with the focus of saving lives to end suffering cause by illicit drugs.
“Your deliberations here at the CND … can help to take further crucial steps forward to promote a healthier, safer and more prosperous future for all,” he said.
Qatar’s Ambassador to Austria and permanent representative Dr. Ali Al-Mansouri, meanwhile, said illicit drugs were closely related to other crimes, like money laundering.
He warned some parties, which he did not name, against allowing the use of drugs for personal use because this would have devastating effects on the family and society.
Qatar’s policies, said Al-Mansouri, aimed at boosting preventive programs among youths vis-a-vis drugs.
Tunisia’s Ambassador to the International Organizations Ghazi Jumaa said illicit drugs were closely linked to cross-border crimes like terrorism and terror financing.
The 59th Session of the CND brings together around 1,500 delegates representing member states, inter-governmental organizations, and civil society for a global discussion on the world drug problem.
This year, the Commission will discuss 10 draft resolutions, and hold 74 side events and over 25 exhibitions. (end) amg.bs