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17 Mar 2017

Belarus-initiated resolution on narcotic drugs adopted in Vienna

MINSK, 17 March (BelTA) – Belarus-initiated resolution on promoting scientifically grounded programs and strategies to reinforce the role of the family, the school, and the society in preventing the use of narcotic drugs in children and teenagers was adopted by consensus at the 60th session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs. The resolution of the kind was passed by the Commission for the first time, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Austria, Permanent Representative of Belarus to the International Organizations in Vienna Alena Kupchyna told BelTA.

The main message of the document is in the key role that the family, the school and the society play in the fight against the use of drugs in the younger generation. The resolution suggests a number of practical measures aimed at developing and implementing preventive anti-drug programs and strategies that involve the family, the school and the society. The document also calls upon the UN member states to share the relevant experience and entrusts the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) with providing the corresponding technical support to states.

Among the co-authors of the resolution were 45 states, including Belarus’ partners in the region: Kazakhstan, Russia, and Tajikistan, all the EU member states, and also Canada, Norway, the United States, other countries. Out of 13 resolutions adopted by the Commission, the Belarusian document, despite being a new initiative, had the biggest number of co-authors.

The adoption of Belarus-initiated document means the recognition of the country’s active role in the international arena in the fight against the use of drugs.

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