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.