Multilateralism at Work

VIENNA, 24 April - On this official day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace, the International Narcotics Control Board wishes to add its voice to the recognition of the importance of multilateralism in achieving peace and celebrating the progress made as well as call upon Governments to strengthen their cooperation, particularly in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuring continued access to internationally controlled substances for medical, scientific and industrial purposes.

This year on Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace Day, we are reflecting on the progress made in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 3 on health and well-being, but also on the work left to be done. As United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres stated, "The United Nations Charter points the way, with its vision of people and countries living as good neighbours, defending universal values and recognizing our common future. Strengthening multilateralism means strengthening our commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and building a safer, more just world for future generations." Acknowledging that multilateralism and diplomacy can reinforce the advancement of the three UN pillars - peace and security, development and human rights - and the achievement of the SDGs, INCB is committed to continue supporting State Parties in their efforts to achieve the health and wellbeing aims of the three international drug control conventions. The system of licit international trade in controlled substances ensures availability of controlled substances, including medicines, while preventing diversion and abuse, and relies upon cooperation among governments, particularly through the exchange of import and export authorizations as well as mandatory and voluntary reporting to the Board. INCB acknowledges the value of multilateral decision-making and diplomacy, not only in achieving peaceful resolutions to conflicts among nations, but also in implementing practical solutions towards addressing the global drug problem.

Reiterating full support to Member States, particularly during these difficult times, the Board will continue providing assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic and onwards to competent national authorities, including by enabling international collaboration and building capacity to fulfil the objectives of the international drug control conventions to safeguard the health and welfare of humankind.

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