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Illegal drug trafficking obstacle to development

Illegal drug trafficking is a clear obstacle to development that requires robust and coordinated law enforcement response among countries says UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Illegal drug trafficking is a clear obstacle to development that requires robust and coordinated law enforcement response among countries says UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Ahead of the Drug abuse and illicit trafficking international day Mr Ki-Moon said illegal drug trafficking and use could only be tackled with shared responsibility among countries.
“llegal drug trafficking is a clear obstacle to development.  This cross-border problem requires a robust and coordinated law enforcement response within and among countries. Tackling organized crime and the illicit drugs trade is a shared responsibility,” he said.
Mr Ki-Moon called on governments, the media and civil society to do everything possible to raise awareness of the harm caused by illicit drugs and to help prevent people profiting from their use.
Mr Ki-Moon also called on Human rights to come up with programmes to help illegal drug users and traffickers.
“A human rights and science-based public health approach is the only sound basis for preventing and treating addiction and related consequences such as HIV transmission through unsafe injecting practices,” Mr Ki-Moon said,
“We must also address threats such as the emerging problem of new psychoactive substances, many of which are not under international control. Young people, in particular, must be made aware of the dangers of these drugs.”

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