Qatar called on the international community to compound its efforts in order to reach a world free of narcotic drugs, stressing its commitments to international agreements on the issue, taking into consideration the principal of sovereignty.
This came in the speech of the Qatar readout by Charge d'affaires of the state's permanent mission to international organisations Abdullah bin Nasser Al Fuhaid Al Hajri during the 62nd session of the United Nations (UN) Commission on Narcotic Drugs that took place in Vienna.
Al Hajri stressed that Qatar is proud of its record in the fight against drugs, as it implements a comprehensive, integrated and balanced strategy, supervised by a national committee for combatting narcotic drugs chaired by His Excellency the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior. He noted that the strategy is built upon prevention, community protection, law enforcement, attention to drug victims, and the involvement of the health, social, economic, judicial and human rights sectors in the formulation and implementation of preventive initiatives.
He said that Qatar received in October 2018 the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) mission. The report of the Annual Commission for 2018 recorded Qatar's commitment to implementing international drug control conventions and ensuring the availability of controlled substances for medical and scientific purposes through its health services. The report also commended Qatar's efforts to provide the population with evidence-based treatment and rehabilitation services.
He noted that the report of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime at Vienna had reviewed aspects of the activities for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration, funded by Qatar, aimed at immunising communities and youth in particular from drugs and crime.
Qatar then called on member states of the UN and all donors to provide further support to the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime and to the International Narcotics Control Board to enhance their central role in the implementation of joint international undertakings, as well as to increase technical support to States Developing countries to help them implement their drug prevention policies. (QNA)
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