The UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs has opened in Vienna. The SCO Secretary-General will present SCO views on the global problem of narcotics

UN Office in Vienna

The 60th session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) has begun today at the UN Office in Vienna. SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov is attending. Mr Alimov's delegation will take part in a number of events focused on the need to rally international efforts to resolve the global drug problem.

"The global drug threat is a serious challenge to international security and sustainable socioeconomic development around the world. The SCO member states face this challenge too. Upon its establishment, the SCO formulated the task of resisting the illegal trafficking of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and precursors, as a priority," Mr Alimov told the accredited media ahead of the session.

The SCO delegation will take part in the CND session, which will have a record number of delegations from the UN member states, regional intergovernmental organisations and NGOs, donors and civil societies. In all, the 60th session is being attended by some 2,000 delegates and guests.

The SCO Secretary-General will present the SCO position on the global drug problem.

The programme for the afternoon of 13 March includes the first ever high-level side event on the United Nations and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in the Fight against Drugs and Financing of Terrorism: Common Threats and Joint Actions. Speakers at this side event include UN Under-Secretary-General and UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov and SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov, as well as high-ranking representatives from the UN member states, regional organisations, NGOs and civil societies. The event will be attended by over a hundred people, who will be invited to watch a documentary about the SCO member states' cooperation against narcotics.

On 14 March 2017, SCO Secretary-General Alimov will meet with UNODC Executive Director Fedotov to exchange opinions on their dynamically developing partnership in the fight against drugs. They are also expected to assess their cooperation and discuss the possibility of using UN capabilities for implementing joint actions in this area.

On 13-15 March 2017, an SCO information stand will be on view in the central hall of the UN Office in Vienna. The delegates and participants in the CND session will be able to learn about SCO member state cooperation and joint efforts to resolve the global drug problem.

The Statement of Member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization to the Special Session of the General Assembly on the World Drug Problem, which was adopted at the SCO summit in Ufa, will be distributed in the six official languages on the sidelines of the CND session.

The Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) was established by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on 16 February 1946 to supervise the operation of the UN Drug Control Programme (UNDCP) of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The CND comprises representatives of 53 countries from six regional groups based on approved quotas. The commission holds annual sessions. The agenda of the 60th session in March 2017 includes 91 side events and 26 theme exhibits.

Relations between the SCO and the CND have developed progressively since 2004 and are an example of effective interaction between a global body and a regional organisation.

These relations are based on the Joint Declaration on Cooperation between the Secretariats of the United Nations and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, signed in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on 5 April 2010, and the Memorandum of Understanding between the Secretariat of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, signed in Astana, Kazakhstan, on 14 June 2011.