France has on the occasion of the opening of the 60th annual meeting of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs on Monday, in Vienna, announced that it is a candidate for another term, running from 2018 to 2021.
The Spokesperson for French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Mr. Romain Nadal, disclosed this in a statement on Monday.
Nadal said with the exception of the 2008-2010 term, France has been a continuous member of this commission since it was established in 1946.
“With respect to anti-drug policy, France supports an approach based on the joint reduction of supply and demand, respect for human rights, and promoting international cooperation
“During the current term, we focused mainly on prevention. For 2018-2021, we hope to continue the international community’s efforts on this issue, notably working to better take into account the social and health aspects of the drug problem in developing public policies,” he said.
Nadal said that France is pushing for accessibility to medication, fighting drug trafficking, and promoting prevention policies based on research, assessments, and scientific evidence.
He assured that France will continue to work to maintain the international community’s unity and cohesion in its response to the drug problem.
The UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs is a functional commission of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) whose mission is to ensure the implementation of international agreements on drug control.