On Wednesday 26 June 2019, H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel attends the special event of the sixty-second session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, devoted to the commemoration of the United Nations International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking and the launch of the UNODC World Drug Report 2019.
Afghanistan thanked the UNODC and all its researchers’ team for their yet again excellent effort in preparing another detailed overview of the drug situation in the world, with the innovative idea of grouping drugs by their psychopharmacological effect.
Afghanistan acknowledges the World Drug Report as one of the most important sources aiming at improving our understanding of the world drug problem alongside some other very important reports such as European Drug Report 2019 from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, which is a fantastic reliable source of data analysis.
In particular, Afghanistan values the efforts of the UNODC Research Team on increasing information on drug usage, contributing towards fostering greater international cooperation on countering the impact of the world drug problem on health.
Better understanding of drug problems is also needed. Research and analysis are necessary to inform policy and enable international cooperation around evidence-based solutions.
Afghanistan remains committed to supporting the work of UNODC and promote balanced, health- and rights-based approaches to drug challenges, building on the international drug control conventions, human rights obligations and the Sustainable Development Goals.