Resolution 65/233. International cooperation against the world drug problem (Omnibus resolution)

Recalling all resolutions adopted by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs at its fifty-third session, especially on the strengthening of regional cooperation and including the resolution on achieving universal access to prevention, treatment, care and support for drug users and people living with or affected by HIV,
  • Harm reduction

2. Reaffirms that countering the world drug problem is a common and shared responsibility that must be addressed in a multilateral setting, requires an integrated and balanced approach and must be carried out in full conformity with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and other provisions of international law, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 15 and the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action 16 on human rights, and, in particular, with full respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of States, for the principle of non-intervention in the internal affairs of States and for all human rights and fundamental freedoms, and on the basis of the principles of equal rights and mutual respect;
  • Human rights

5. Notes with great concern the adverse consequences of drug abuse for individuals and society as a whole, reaffirms the commitment of all Member States to tackling those problems in the context of comprehensive, complementary and multisectoral drug demand reduction strategies, in particular such strategies targeting young people, also notes with great concern the alarming rise in the incidence of HIV/AIDS and other blood-borne diseases among injecting drug users, reaffirms the commitment of all Member States to working towards the goal of universal access to comprehensive prevention programmes and treatment, care and related support services, in full compliance with the international drug control conventions and in accordance with national legislation, taking into account all relevant General Assembly resolutions and, when applicable, the WHO, UNODC, UNAIDS Technical Guide for Countries to Set Targets for Universal Access to HIV Prevention, Treatment and Care for Injecting Drug Users, 17 and requests the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime to carry out its mandate in this area in close cooperation with relevant organizations and programmes of the United Nations system, such as the World Health Organization, the United Nations Development Programme and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS;
  • Harm reduction

6. Encourages Member States to promote, in accordance with Commission on Narcotic Drugs resolution 53/4 of 12 March 2010,10 the adequate availability of internationally controlled licit drugs for medical and scientific purposes while preventing their diversion and abuse;
  • Access to controlled medicines

25. Emphasizes the important role played by civil society, in particular non-governmental organizations, in addressing the world drug problem, notes with appreciation their important contribution to the review process, and also notes that representatives of affected populations and civil society entities, where appropriate, should be enabled to play a participatory role in the formulation and implementation of drug demand and supply reduction policy;
  • Civil society engagement

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