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ASEAN countries persistent in building drug-free community

March, 19 2019
MPS - A high-ranking delegation of the Vietnamese Government led by Lieutenant General Nguyen Van Son, Deputy Minister of Public Security, on March 14 - 15 attended a high-level meeting of the 62nd session of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna (Austria).

The event also saw the presence of other delegations of the UN member states and more than 200 international, regional, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.

Vietnamese delegates at the meeting.


At the high-level meeting on March 15, on behalf of the ASEAN, Deputy Minister Nguyen Van Son delivered the ASEAN Declaration adopted by its member states at the 6th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting in Hanoi in October 2018, conveying a strong message of the ASEAN on building a drug-free society, affirming its zero-tolerance position on illicit drugs and opposing the legalisation of illicit drugs.

Deputy Minister Nguyen Van Son also highlighted Vietnam's policies and achievements in prevention and control of illicit drugs, treatment and rehabilitation of drug addicts as well as outcomes of its international cooperation in implementing international commitments on drug control, particularly objectives articulated in the 2019 Political Declaration and Plan of Action to Counter the World Drug Problem.

Deputy Minister Nguyen Van Son speaks at the meeting.


At the end of the high-level meeting, the member states adopted the Ministerial Declaration, reflecting the strong resolve of the international community in joining efforts to implement common commitments so as to address the world drug problem.

On the sidelines of the meeting, the Vietnamese delegation also participated in a workshop held by UNODC and 06 Mekong member countries on addressing increased synthetic drugs in the region. At the workshop, the Vietnamese delegation affirmed the guidelines and policies of Vietnam and briefed outcomes of its international cooperation on drug prevention and control in the Mekong region.

by Tran Nghiep