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Crime Prevention: International Cooperation

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she has taken in preparation for the UN General Assembly Special Session on Narcotic Drugs; and what objectives she has set for the session. (256803)

A 1998 UN General Assembly special session on countering the world drug problem agreed a political declaration to establish goals and targets to be met over a 10 year period. A high-level segment at the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs in March 2009 will review progress against the 1998 Declaration and adopt a further declaration on future approaches to countering the world drug problem.

The Government's priorities for the review process are:

Improving and strengthening data collection and analysis by the UN as an essential basis for all UN drugs activity;

Adherence by UN drugs bodies to the UN's "Delivery as One" concept - supporting the UN's Millennium Development goal to reduce the incidence of HIV/AIDS, and improving access to controlled opiate-based medication for developing nations;

Encouraging of effective law-enforcement effort through greater information sharing and analysis on the manufacture, supply and consumption of drugs in order to ensure that policy decisions are based on evidence;

Recognition of the effectiveness of using intelligence in combating drug supply, in particular combating trafficking in narcotic drugs, and encouraging sharing of intelligence between law enforcement agencies;

Recognition that illicit production and trafficking of drugs fuels instability and insecurity in many parts of the world;

Strengthening regional and international co-operation in combating the illicit cultivation, manufacture, trafficking and consumption of illicit drugs;

Affirmation of the need to devote particular attention to measures for the control of precursor chemicals;

Reflection of the Government's position that eradication of illicit crops in Afghanistan and elsewhere is targeted on areas where farmers have access to alternative sources of income.