Mr. Chair,

Let me begin by extending my delegation’s congratulations to you and other colleagues in the Bureau on your election. We are confident that under your skillful leadership, the Committee will have fruitful deliberations. I pledge my delegation’s full support and cooperation in the discharge of your responsibilities.

 

Mr. Chair,

The severity and magnitude of the problems associated with illicit drugs production and trafficking, is a clear indication of ever increasing global menace threatening international stability and security. Prevention of illicit drug trafficking that has turned into a breeding ground for terrorism and organized crime, requires joint and coordinated actions of the part of the entire international community. During the period of its membership in the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs, Tajikistan will focus its efforts on broadening efficient interaction and cooperation on combating the increase of global narcotic threat.

The international community must coordinate measures aimed at reducing drugs demand and supply, and integrate the efforts undertaken in this area at the national and regional levels into the international strategy for control over narcotics.

We believe that one of the conditions for an effective response to this challenge is establishment of a global multilevel system of international cooperation with the United Nations as a coordinating centre. Based on these principles and on the basis of advanced world experience Tajikistan developed its anti-drug strategy that includes short-term and long-term action programmes, collaboration and cooperation on bilateral and multilateral basis. Adopted in February 2013, the State antinarcotics strategy for the period 2013-2020 defines the main directions and tasks of state policy in the fight against illicit drug trafficking and drug abuse prevention.

The Drug Control Agency under the Presidentof Tajikistan, created with the active support of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the donor countries, has been successfully operating in the country more than 15 years. Antidrug interaction with the neighboring states, including within the regional organization, has been efficiently developing.

Mr. Chair,

In May 2015 there was held a High level International Conference on Consolidation of Efforts of the International Counterdrug Cooperation. Participants of the High-Level Conference requested the Special Session of the UN General Assembly on the World Drug Problem to pay special attention to the importance of issues such as:

i)    Demand reduction and related measures, including prevention and treatment, as well as health-related issues, including HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care with a particular focus on vulnerable groups,

ii)   Supply reduction and related effective measures,

iii)National, regional and international responses to drug-related crimes,

iv) Countering money-laundering, including, where appropriate, in connection with the financing of terrorism,

v)   Promoting judicial cooperation in drug related crimes,

vi) Addressing emerging issues/crimes, including new psychoactive substances, precursors and the misuse of the Internet,

vii) Addressing new challenges, threats and realities in preventing and addressing the world drug problem in compliance with relevant international law, including the three drug control conventions,

viii)            Strengthening the principle of common and shared responsibility and enhancing international and regional cooperation including with a focus on delivering technical assistance to the countries most effected by illicit drug production and trafficking,

ix)  Alternative development and related socioeconomic matters,

x)   Address measures to reach an effective balance between supply and demand reduction as well as address the key causes and consequences of the world drug problem,

xi)  Establish a special multidisciplinary.

Concluding, I would like to stress that the forthcoming UNGA Special session on the world drugs problem in April 2016 is expected to provide a unique opportunity for searching for new and additional ways of strengthening of cooperation on combating the roots of drug problems and dealing with their consequences. We do hope that the participants of UNGA Special session on the world drugs problem will support the initiative of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan to declare the years 2016-2020 as “A Five year Period for Global Measures on Preventing Drug Abuse and Promotion of Healthy Lifestyle”.

                    I thank you for your attention.