29. The importance of increasing awareness of the global dimension of the drug problem was noted. It was also noted that grass-roots efforts made by civil society should be supported and expanded.
37. The Chairman of the thematic debate summarized the salient points of the thematic debate as follows: (…)
(o) Non-governmental organizations had often led the way where no services were available. Their efforts should be included in the mainstream provision of health, education and social policies, building on the resources and areas of synergy between civil society and the public sector;
49. One speaker drew attention to the possible collateral damage of criminalization under the current system of international drug control and called for exercising proportionality in determining punishment.
- proportionality of sentencing
69. Several speakers mentioned the recent development, review and adoption of policies on drug abuse prevention and on the treatment and care of drug abusers. Many speakers emphasized the importance of monitoring and evaluating those policies in order to assess their effectiveness and to contribute to the body of scientific evidence. Speakers acknowledged the crucial role played by nongovernmental organizations in preventing drug abuse and providing treatment and care for drug abusers and stressed the benefits of and the need for a continuous, strong partnership between the public sector and civil society.
117. The President introduced the report of the Board for 2009 (E/INCB/2009/1). With reference to chapter I of the report, which focused on the primary prevention of drug abuse, the President stressed that the challenge facing Governments was to systematically take measures to protect young people, particularly the most vulnerable. She encouraged Governments to strengthen and develop partnerships with civil society at the local, national and international levels in order to maximize the use of scarce resources and effectively reduce drug abuse…
127. Some speakers stressed that the partnership between government and civil society was a vital element that helped to ensure the efficient use of resources and the effectiveness of drug control activities.