INCB Activities

Mission to the Netherlands

VIENNA, 18 June 2018 - From 11 to 14 June, INCB undertook a mission to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The mission was led by Amb. David Johnson, Member of the Board, who was accompanied by Mr Paul Rabbat from the INCB Secretariat and was coordinated by the Nutrition, Health Protection and Prevention Department of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. Over the course of the mission, meetings were held with representatives from the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (Nutrition, Health Protection and Prevention Department, Office of Medicinal Cannabis) , the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Social Development Department, Counter-terrorism and National Security Division), the Ministry of Justice and Security, the Public Prosecution Service, the Dutch National Police and the Ministry of Finance (National Office Dutch Customs, Fiscal Intelligence and Investigation Service).

The INCB delegation also visited the Netherlands Forensic Institute, the Trimbos Institute, the Joint Inspection Centre customs facility at Schiphol airport as well as a shelter/use facility for individuals suffering from drug and alcohol use disorders in Utrecht aimed at providing them with social and other services and ultimately reintegrating them into Dutch society.'

The mission's findings will be presented to the Board at its 123rd session to be held in November 2018.

 

Mission to Botswana

VIENNA, 12 June 2018 - An INCB mission visited Botswana from 5 to 7 June 2018. The mission was led by H. H. Sevil Atasoy, Member of the Board, accompanied by Marketa Jackova of the INCB secretariat. The objective of the mission was to review the implementation of the three international drug control treaties by the Republic of Botswana and to examine drug control developments since the last mission of the Board in 1985.

The mission was organized by the Ministry of Health and Wellness and coordinated by the Ministry of International Affairs and Cooperation. The mission met the Minister of Health and Wellness, Hon. Dr. Alfred R. Madigele, and other high-level officials from the Ministry of Health and Wellness, the Ministry of International Affairs and Cooperation, the Ministry of Defence, Justice and Security, the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, the Ministry of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs, the Ministry of Employment, Labour Productivity and Skills Development, and the Unified Revenue Service.

The mission also held a meeting with the World Health Organization (WHO) Country Office in Botswana and visited the Police Forensic Science Laboratory in Gaborone. In addition, the mission met representatives of a non-governmental organization that provides substance abuse education, prevention, and rehabilitation services to the general public.

The findings of the mission will be considered by the Board at its forthcoming session in November 2018 and transmitted to the Government of Botswana thereafter.

 

Mission to France

VIENNA, 11 June 2018 - The INCB delegation, led by Jallal Toufiq, held meetings with the Minister of Solidarities and Health, the President of the Interministerial Committee on drugs and addictive behaviours, the President of the law commission of the French National Assembly, members of Parliament as well as senior officials from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Justice, Health, Education and Interior, representatives of customs and law enforcement agencies as well as health regulatory authorities. A meeting and exchange of views was also held with representatives of French civil society groups.

The INCB representatives held discussions with the French Observatory of Drugs and visited a drug consumption room, the Pierre Nicole treatment and prevention facility and the Psychiatric facility at Bichat Hospital. A further site visit was undertaken to a customs facility at Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport.

The mission's findings will be presented to the Board at its 123rd session to be held in November 2018.

 

Mission to Estonia

VIENNA, 10 April 2018 - An INCB mission visited Estonia from 4 to 6 April 2018. The mission was led by Cornelis de Joncheere, member of the Board, accompanied by Marketa Jackova of the INCB secretariat. The objective of the mission was to review the implementation of the international drug control treaties by Estonia and to examine drug control developments since the last mission of the Board in 2006.

The mission was coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and included meetings with officials from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Interior, Police and Boarder Guard Board, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Social Affairs, the State Agency of Medicines, the National Institute for Health Development, the Tax and Customs Board and the Estonian Forensic Science Institute. A field visit was organized to the port of Tallinn as well as to the Estonian Post.

The mission also held a meeting with the World Health Organization (WHO) Country Office in Estonia and visited two hospitals in Tallinn, one providing opioid substitution treatment and the second providing palliative care. In addition, the mission met with several non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

The findings of the mission will be considered by the Board at its forthcoming session in May 2018, transmitted to the Government of Estonia, and reflected in the INCB Annual Report for 2018, to be released in March 2019.

 

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