Resolution 51/12. Strengthening cooperation between the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and other United Nations entities for the promotion of human rights in the implementation of the international drug control treaties

Bearing in mind also that in the Political Declaration adopted by the General Assembly at its twentieth special session, the Assembly recognized that action against the world drug problem is a common and shared responsibility requiring an integrated and balanced approach in full conformity with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and international law, and particularly with full respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of States, non-intervention in the internal affairs of States and all human rights and fundamental freedoms
  • Human rights

Bearing in mind further that, in accordance with article 28 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in that Declaration can be fully realized,
  • Human rights

Bearing in mind further that Articles 1, 55 and 56 of the Charter of the United Nations provide that the Organization shall promote universal respect for, and observance of, human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion,
  • Human rights

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Selected paragraphs of this resolution have been drawn out, but the entire resolution was a landmark in CND negotiations. It was the first human rights specific resolution and has been cited often since.

It also led to UNODC working more closely with OHCHR and taking better account of human rights in its work.