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The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime noted that proposals for Latin America on the issue in the UN General Assembly will be discussed next month in Rome.


UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 28 (AP). - The United Nations said the proposal made ​​by three American presidents before the General Assembly on the search for alternative policies for the fight against drug trafficking is "legitimate" and is willing to "facilitate" a debate on the subject. They argued that, in fact, the proposal is consistent with what is already done by the DEA.


Yury Fedotov, executive director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC, for its acronym in English), said Friday that the issue can be discussed with the views of member countries of the UN in forums such as the UNODC which will continue next month in Rome.


"In UNODC we want to enact a balanced approach to the issue of drugs, in which human rights and health are key pillars" , Fedotov said, reading a statement to the media, during a meeting to discuss a report of drugs.


On Thursday, Fedotov said that the UN was ready to refocus the implementation of its drug conventions, making clear countries that are signatories to those treaties must change.

President of Guatemala, Otto Perez Molina, is in favor of legalizing illegal substances as a means to address the flow of drugs and violence they generate.


Fedotov said Thursday in a press press that the UN was willing to cooperate in this field, but not for the international organization leading the debate, as it is in the service of the member states. A day later summoned the press to clarify his position, saying that some media had misinterpreted him.

The summit next month of UNODC in Rome is one of the opportunities that world leaders, including Latin America will meet to discuss the impact of current policies on drugs and what other methods can work, Fedotov said.


"Reduced demand and prevention are extremely important issues," he said.


Executive Director of UNODC said that after the meeting in Rome, the debate could continue in the General Assembly, and later, in the regular session of the Commission on Narcotic UNODC to be held in Vienna next year.


"At the meeting of this Committee will come people from high levels so it should be another opportunity to discuss a strategic approach to policy in terms of drugs and crimes related to them," said Fedotov.

Among the alternatives that could be explored, Perez Molina has proposed legalization talk for some or all illicit substances as a way to curb violence and reduce the power of drug cartels.




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The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945 after the Second World War by 51 countries committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights.

The UN has 4 main purposes

  • To keep peace throughout the world;
  • To develop friendly relations among nations;
  • To help nations work together to improve the lives of poor people, to conquer hunger, disease and illiteracy, and to encourage respect for each other’s rights and freedoms;
  • To be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations to achieve these goals.

Due to its unique international character, and the powers vested in its founding Charter, the Organization can take action on a wide range of issues, and provide a forum for its 193 Member States to express their views, through the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council and other bodies and committees.

The work of the United Nations reaches every corner of the globe. Although best known for peacekeeping, peacebuilding, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance, there are many other ways the United Nations and its System (specialized agencies, funds and programmes) affect our lives and make the world a better place. The Organization works on a broad range of fundamental issues, from sustainable development, environment and refugees protection, disaster relief, counter terrorism, disarmament and non-proliferation, to promoting democracy, human rights, gender equality and the advancement of women, governance, economic and social development and international health, clearing landmines, expanding food production, and more, in order to achieve its goals and coordinate efforts for a safer world for this and future generations.

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Yes the big difference in the respective views is how that view is influenced by the actions of their respective opposing government.


We willingly buy their dreams [cannabis, oil, bananas, mangoes...] we share our nightmares guns and terrorism. Even though we are spared this reality, we are also protected from having to see or know and therefore even allowed to form an opinion.


All that is important to America [ judging by major Medias opinions] is whats happening in the middle east. Or China, ...

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