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SCO and UNODC to hold a special event on the sidelines of the 63rd session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs
03.03.2020 15:58

SCO Secretary-General Vladimir Norov will travel toVienna next week, where he will attend the 63rd session ofthe UN Commission onNarcotic Drugs (CND).

A high-level side event titled SCO and UNODC inthe Fight againstthe Illicit Drug Threat: Countering Drug Trafficking viaDarknet, tobe held onthe first day ofthe session, was organised withthe assistance ofthe SCO Secretariat and the UNODC Regional Section forEurope, West and Central Asia.

The event will be attended bythe newly appointed UNODC Executive Director Ghada Fathi Waly, Deputy Foreign Minister ofRussia Oleg Syromolotov (on behalf ofRussia which currently holds the SCO Presidency), the heads ofdelegations fromother SCO member states, observer countries and dialogue partners, aswell asdelegates frominternational and regional organisations.

There will be a stand atthe United Nations Office atVienna offering information aboutthe SCO's contribution tocombating the global drug problem.

The agenda ofthe SCO Secretariat inVienna includes the SCO Secretary-General's meetings withthe UNODC Executive Director, the heads ofdelegations ofSCO member states and observer countries, aswell asthe leaders ofinternational and regional organisations.

On 4 March 2020, a roundtable discussion onthe SCO's role inpromoting stability and security will be held atthe Austrian Institute forEuropean and Security Policy (AIES). It will be attended byrepresentatives ofAustrian analytical centres andthe diplomatic missions ofthe SCO countries.

Acting inaccordance withthe Memorandum ofUnderstanding signed inAstana on14 June 2011, the SCO Secretariat and UNODC have established joint expert and analysis cooperation and information exchanges. They also organise events aimed atstrengthening their joint efforts againstdrug trafficking.

On 31 August 2019, the 73rd Session ofthe UN General Assembly adopted a resolution onCooperation betweenthe United Nations and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.

The UN Commission onNarcotic Drugs (CND) was established bythe Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on16 February 1946 toassist the ECOSOC insupervising the United Nations Drug Control Programme (UNDCP), which is part ofthe United Nations Office onDrugs and Crime (UNODC).

The CND comprises representatives of53 countries fromsix regional groups based onapproved quotas. The Commission holds annual sessions. The 63rd CND Session will feature a number ofside events and thematic exhibitions.


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