Presentation of the International Narcotics Control Board Annual Report 2015 in Minsk

This report is published at a critical period of international cooperation in the field of drug control — in just a few weeks before the special session of the General Assembly on the world drug problem to be held in April 2016.

On March 4, 2016 at the National press centre the presentation of the International Narcotics Control Board Annual Report 2015 took place.
This report is published at a critical period of international cooperation in the field of drug control — in just a few weeks before the special session of the General Assembly on the world drug problem to be held in April 2016.
The presentation of the Report was attended by the Country Manager of the joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Vera Ilyenkova and Chief Narcologyst of the Ministry of Health in the Republic of Belarus Ivan Konorazov.
According to Vera Ilyenkova, today there is disbalance in the implementation of activities related to drugs, since the main efforts and resources are invested in fight against illicit trafficking and drug abuse prevention. Undoubtedly, these are important issues but providing of treatment services and access to narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances for medical purposes is also the responsibility of the states, which have ratified international conventions. It is obvious that in order to achieve the main objectives of international conventions, and for the system of international control to be effective all measures should be integrated and balanced in accordance with human rights principles.
"The measures that are being implemented in our country, aimed at ensuring the rights of citizens. Those drug users who come to drug treatment clinics (narcological clinics), get a full range of medical care” — noted in his speech Ivan Konorazov.
The INCB Annual Report 2015 emphasized that the main objective of the international treaties on drug control is to ensure well–being of mankind.
It calls on the governments to develop practical and realistic measures of protection for the population against the harm connected with the advent of a growing number of new psychoactive substances; balanced and humane approach is called a key condition for achieving good health and well–being. Meanwhile, the International Narcotics Control Board says that treaties on international drug issues do not require declaration of "war on drugs". Full versionof the Report is availablehere.