Bangladesh elected member of UN Commission on Narcotics
Published: 10:18 AM, 21 April 2021 Updated: 02:35 PM, 21 April 2021
Bangladesh has been elected as a member of the United Nations Commission on Narcotics (CND) for the next three years. The new council of CND, an affiliate of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will take office in January 2022.
The election was held by direct voting of the member states under the management of the ECOSOC meeting at the UN headquarters in New York on Tuesday.
Besides Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Iran have been elected members of the organization’s executive council from the Asia-Pacific region.
After winning the election, Bangladesh’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Rabab Fatima, said the CND election was highly competitive. Bangladesh got the second-highest 43 votes. This victory is a manifestation of the confidence of the international community in the leadership of Bangladesh in the Multilateral Forum.
“We are particularly concerned about the growing use of drugs and narcotics by the younger generation,” she said, adding these need to be addressed from a corrective point of view.
“As a member of the Commission, we will make every effort to strengthen international cooperation in tackling the challenge of drug abuse,” Rabab Fatima said.
CND, a 53-member organization headquartered in Vienna, Austria, reviews and analyzes the global drug situation, considers supply and demand declines, and takes steps to address these issues through resolution and decision-making.