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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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