Address to the 60th Session of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs, Vienna, Austria

Mr Chairperson, distinguished delegates.

Thank you for the opportunity to deliver a statement at this sixtieth meeting of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs.

I am delighted to return to Vienna and to express New Zealand’s support for the work of the CND and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

I had the privilege of attending the UNGASS meeting in New York last year where the Outcome Document was discussed.

I have been particularly pleased with developments in recent years to see the shift away from treating drug issues as primarily a law and order responsibility, to a health focus. Read on.