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Special Session of the General Assembly on Drugs

Special Session of the General Assembly on Drugs

22.4.2016 | Slovensko a OSN
Questions of the negative effects of illegal trade in narcotics resonate these days at the UN in New York, where on 19 April began a special session of the General Assembly on drugs (UNGASS). The urgent need to address the drug problem underlined in their speeches the President of the UNGA Mogens  Lykketoft, Deputy UN Secretary Jan Eliasson, the leaders of the other organizations of the UN system (inter alia the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime - UNODC in Vienna and the World Health Organization - WHO), several Heads of States and a number of members of the governments of the Member States. During the opening session UNGASS adopted the outcome document that addresses the issue in a broader context taking into account for example public health, human rights, proportionality of sentences for drug offenses. During the debate following up the adoption of the outcome document, particularly resonated the need to abolish the death penalty for drug related crimes with participation of both supporters and opponents of the abolition. For the EU and its Member States is the abolishment of the death penalty as such one of the priority human rights themes. Slovakia is at the session represented by the delegation led by the Permanent Representative of Slovakia to the UN and other international organizations in Vienna (headquarters of the majority of the UN institutions dealing with drug related issues) Oľga Algayerová. The delegation also consists of the representatives of the Permanent Mission in New York and the Slovak Embassy in Washington.