The United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), the central UN policy-making body on drug-related matters, holds its 62nd session in Vienna from 18–22 March 2019. The CND meets every year to discuss the global state of drug control and to adopt resolutions to guide the way forward.
In the Political Declaration and Plan of Action on International Cooperation towards an Integrated and Balanced Strategy to Counter the World Drug Problem, adopted by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in 2009, Member States established 2019 as a target date for the goals set out in the Political Declaration. In light of the 2019 target date, the Commission decided to convene a ministerial segment at its 62nd regular session from 14–15 March 2019, taking stock of the implementation of the commitments made to jointly address and counter the world drug problem. The ministerial segment will include a general debate as well as two interactive, multi-stakeholder round tables, to be conducted in parallel with the general debate.
An EMCDDA delegation will be attending the event to provide technical support to the European Commission and EU Member States, participate in a series of side events and make EMCDDA products available at a publications stand.
Side event: Overdose management among opioid users (prevention and treatment of opioid overdose)
1.30–3.00 p.m., conference room M7
Organised by the Governments of Romania, Slovenia, Spain, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America, and the European Union (European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction).
Special event: Evidence-based treatment and therapeutic communities as an integral part of the health system
1.30–3.00 p.m., MBR-A
Organised by the Governments of Greece and Spain, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section, the Therapy Center for Dependent Individuals, the World Federation of Therapeutic Communities and Proyecto Hombre Association.
Side event: How can data better support international and national commitments to address the drug problem?
2.20–3.10 p.m., M building, press room
Organised by the United Nations on Drugs and Crime, Research and Trend Analysis Branch, the European Union (European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction), the African Union Commission, and the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission of the Organization of American States.
Side event: Opioid dependence syndrome: a regulatory framework assuring access to treatment
9.00–9.50 a.m., M building, press room
Organised by the Governments of Malta, Portugal and Switzerland, and the Pompidou Group of the Council of Europe.
Side event: Aligning data collection with UNGASS implementation and the sustainable development goals: recommendations for a review of the Annual Report Questionnaire
1.10–2.00 p.m., conference room M6
Organised by the Governments of Canada, Mexico and Switzerland, the International Drug Policy Consortium, the Centre on Drug Policy Evaluation, and the Global Drug Policy Observatory of Swansea University.