General Assembly Illicit Drug Trading

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General Assembly

Illicit Drug Trading

Canada is a strong advocate for international response to aid other countries in fighting to control illicit drug trade. Canada has responded domestically and internationally to combat illicit drugs. This was shown in 2007 when Prime Minister Harper announced the National Anti-Drug Strategy. The strategy focuses on three areas: prevention, treatment, and enforcement. Canada hopes this strategy will reduce the supply of and demand for illicit drugs within their borders. Canada also urges other countries to use the National Anti-Drug Strategy as a guide to combat the international drug problem.

Canada is involved internationally with combating illicit drug trafficking. In the past Canada has been involved with three United Nations Conventions: in 1961 the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs and its 1972 Protocol, the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances, and the 1988 Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances. Canada also has many agreements to assist other countries and to prevent drug traffickers from using international borders to avoid prosecution. Canada also works with the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, and the Organization of American States Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission for international drug control.

To combat illicit drug trade more cooperation is needed between countries. Canada is involved with many conventions to combat international drug trade. The more countries work together the stronger the fight against drugs will be. It is essential for countries to work together and share information on illegal drugs to try and combat them. It is not only important to cut down on drug production but if the demand for illegal drugs is cut down it will also slow down illicit drug trading. Countries need to work together to cut down on the supply and demand for illegal drugs in order to combat illicit drug trading.

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