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51st session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs

11 March 2008

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United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

The Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) met for its 51st session in Vienna 10-14 March 2008. At this session governments assessed the progress achieved in meeting the goals defined in 1998 UN General Assembly Special Session on Illicit Drugs.

UNAIDS delivered a statement to the 51st session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (Vienna, 10-14 March), calling for increased investment and programmatic action to provide prevention, treatment and support and to protect the human rights of people who use drugs. Read the UNAIDS statement.

The findings of the session will serve as a report to the UNGASS in 2009, together with an identification of future policy-oriented priorities and further actions beyond 2009.

Monitoring the outcome of the 1998 General Assembly Special Session on countering the world drug problem

The 1998 UN General Assembly Special Session on Illicit Drugs (UNGASS) concluded with member nations adopting a political declaration where ambitions and actions for the next decade were outlined. Among other things the declaration said that participating governments commit themselves to “achieving significant and measurable results in the field of demand reduction by the year 2008”.

The United Nations has started a process to assess the results of the international efforts to combat illicit drugs and to review the international conventions on narcotic drugs. The process will be completed with a special session of the UN General Assembly (UNGASS) in New York in 2009.