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UN calls for global action against drug abuse, illicit trafficking

Tehran, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged all countries to advance their prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and reintegration services in order to eliminate drug abuse and illicit trafficking.

Drug challenges are among the most complex problems we face, with wide ranging impacts on health and well-being, families and communities, security and sustainable development, Guterres said in his message on the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, observed on 26 June, according to a UN Information Center (UNIC) press release obtained by the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

'Addressing them requires a holistic focus across many fronts, as highlighted in the outcome document unanimously adopted by the 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem,' the message by the UN chief read.

'We need international cooperation and effective law enforcement responses to stop organized crime networks and drug traffickers, with full respect for human rights and in accordance with international standards and norms,' it said.

At the same time, we need to expand evidence-based approaches to prevention, treatment and support,' it said.

'Building on agreed international frameworks and using the United Nations General Assembly Special Session consensus as our guide, I urge countries to advance prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and reintegration services; ensure access to controlled medicines while preventing diversion and abuse; promote alternatives to illicit drug cultivation; and stop trafficking and organized crime � all of which would make an immense contribution to our work to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals,' Guterres wrote in the message.

'Together, we can ensure that all people can live in health, dignity and peace, with security and prosperity.'

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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