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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Media Conference on International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

The proposal International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 26 June 2018

By resolution 42/112 of 7 December 1987, the General Assembly decided to observe 26 June as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking as an expression of its determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse.
Supported each year by individuals, communities and various organizations all over the world, this global observance aims to raise awareness of the major problem that illicit drugs represent to society.

Listen First, building on the success of last year, the theme for 2017 is: "Listen First - Listening to children and youth is the first step to help them grow healthy and safe." It is an initiative to increase support for prevention of drug use that is based on science and is thus an effective investment in the well-being of children and youth, their families and their communities.

The UN General Assembly held a Special Session (UNGASS) on drugs in April 2016. This Special Session marked an important milestone in achieving the goals set in the policy document of 2009 "Political Declaration and Plan of Action on International Cooperation towards an Integrated and Balanced Strategy to Counter the World Drug Problem", which defined action to be taken by Member States as well as goals to be achieved by 2019.

The outcome document recommends measures to address demand and supply reduction, and to improve access to controlled medicines while preventing diversion. The recommendations also cover the areas of human rights, youth, children, women and communities; emerging challenges, including new psychoactive substances; strengthening international cooperation; and alternative development. The text puts new emphasis on proportionate national sentencing policies and practices for drug-related offences, and features a strong focus on prevention and treatment.

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

DAMS Police Training : Hatton & Nuwaraeliya

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NDDCB Sinhala & Hindu New Year Celebration 2018

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NDDCB Staff Training Programme

Thursday, March 15, 2018

The Sixty-First Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs

The sixty-first session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs has commenced from 12th March to 16th March in Vienna International Centre (VIC), Wagramer Strasse 5, and 1220 Vienna.

The Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) was established by Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) i n 1946, to assist the ECOSOC in supervising the application of the international drug control treaties. In 1991, the General Assembly (GA) expanded the mandate of the CND to enable it to function as the governing body of the UNODC. ECOSOC requested the CND to structure its agenda with two distinct segments: a normative segment for discharging treaty-based and normative functions; and an operational segment for exercising the role as the governing body of UNODC.

The CND meets annually when it considers and adopts a range of decisions and resolutions. Intercessional meetings of the CND are regularly convened to provide policy guidance to UNODC. Towards the end of each year, the CND meets at a reconvened session to consider budgetary and administrative matters as the governing body of the United Nations drug programme.

In terms of the international treaties such as Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961, Convention on Psychotropic substances 1971, and United Nations Convention Against Illicit Trafficking in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances 1988, Sri Lanka has established a national policy framework on prevention and control of drug abuse and the strategies being effective in enforcement of law against production, smuggling, trafficking, sale and use of illicit drugs, effective monitoring of controlled imports, exports, distribution of drugs and precursor chemicals under control, preventing the diversion of drugs and precursors except for medical and scientific purposes and reducing the adverse consequences of drug abuse and supporting regional and international initiatives related to drug abuse prevention and control.

The National Dangerous Drugs Control Board as the focal point engaged the drug control activities to fulfill above three conventions in Sri Lanka by participating this annual session. This year Mrs. Bhadrani Senanayake (Deputy Director) and Dr.Samantha Kithalawaarchchi (Director - Presidential Task Force on Drug Prevention) are participating for this session on behalf of the government and Board. HE Mrs.Priyani Wijesekara, Ambassador and permanent representative in Sri Lanka and her staff also participated this event. Sri Lanka has made a country statement (attached) in this session and Sri Lankan participants are participating for amendment of resolution.

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