The permanent mission of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the United Nations on behalf of the member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization sent to the Special session of the UN General Assembly, which began its work on 19 April 2016 in the city of New York, the text of the statement of member states on the world drug problem.
The document, circulated as an official document of the Special session of the UNGA in the six official UN languages - Arabic, English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian and French, has been worked out and approved in accordance with the statement of heads of member states of the SCO adopted at the end of the Ufa Summit on July 10, 2015, and submitted to the General Assembly by Uzbekistan within the presidency in the SCO.
Below is the full text of the document.
THE STATEMENT OF MEMBER STATES OF THE SHANGHAI COOPERATION ORGANIZATION TO THE SPECIAL SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY ON THE WORLD DRUG PROBLEM
Member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), following agreed at the SCO Summit on July 10, 2015 in Ufa the common position on the problem of the drug threat, state the following:
1. Member states of the SCO express their concern about the growing problem of international drug threat that represents a serious challenge to international security and sustainable economic development of the states and requires consolidation of efforts of the world community.
2. Member states express strong commitment to the line for the preservation and strengthening of the existing international drug control system, based on three core conventions of the United Nations with the Central coordinating role of the United Nations and consistently oppose attempts to undermine the existing international system of countering the drug threat.
3. Member states believe it is extremely important to combine efforts through an integrated and balanced approach, the principle of common and shared responsibility of states for addressing the world drug problem focusing on the specific measures for the purpose of elimination of global drug production, including the destruction of illicit drug crops and production facilities for their processing, creation of effective system of legal response to new synthetic drugs and other psychoactive substances, as well as strengthening cooperation in the fields of rehabilitation from drug addiction and effective drug demand reduction.
4. Member states of the SCO express their concern about the high level of drug production in Afghanistan, which poses a threat to socio-economic development and security of Afghanistan and other states. In this regard, they are willing to collaborate in the fight against drug trafficking in both bilateral and multilateral formats, to facilitate the consolidation of efforts of the international community and cooperation to resolve this problem.