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    Tuesday, 20 March 2018

    Pakistan’s resolution on ‘drug abuse in educational institutions’ adopted at UN

    The United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), during its 61st regular session, has adopted with consensus a resolution tabled by Pakistan on “strengthening efforts to prevent drug abuse in educational settings”.

    The meeting was convened in Vienna from March 12 to 16, 2018, stated the Foreign Office in a statement in Monday.
    The resolution drew the attention of the Commission to the common challenges of drug use among children and youth in schools, colleges and universities’ settings.
    It underscored the need for enhanced efforts, including policy interventions and comprehensive drug prevention programmes, to protect children and youth from the scourge of illicit drugs and to make educational settings free from drug abuse.
    The resolution emphasised the important role of educational settings in promoting healthy lifestyles among young people and calls for close coordination among law enforcement, education and health authorities at domestic level.
    It also reflected political commitment of the global community to promote international cooperation, including through exchange of experiences and good practices as well as technical assistance, in support of States’ efforts to address drug abuse in educational settings.
    The resolution sought to advance discussions and inspire concerted efforts at all levels for safety and well-being of children and youth. Pakistan’s initiative to table this resolution was widely appreciated.
    The Vienna-based UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs is the leading policy making body within the United Nations system on matters related to drugs. Pakistan is an elected member of the Commission for the four-year term of 2016-19.
    Afghan authorities have burned over 3 tons of seized narcotic drugs in southern province of Zabul, the provincial governor said on Wednesday.

    According to Governor Khial Mohammad Hussaini, the drugs put on fire Wednesday morning included those contraband confiscated by the Afghan Counter Narcotics Police and detective security organs in Zabul over the past 12 months.
    “Among those drugs destroyed today were 73 kg of heroin, 449 kg of morphine, over 955 kg of opium, and 900 kg of hashish together with amount of banned chemical substances,” Hussaini told reporters on the outskirts of provincial capital Qalat city after destruction of the drugs.
    “Some 77 people were also arrested on suspicion of transportation of destroyed drugs and narcotics over the past year in Zabul.”
    Much of the world’s opium poppy is cultivated in Afghanistan, a country still notorious for growing opium producing poppies for the illicit drug trade.
    In 2017, some 9,000 tons of opium were produced in Afghanistan, particularly in western and southern parts of the country, where the government security forces have little presence, according to official figures.
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