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News > Statement by Deputy Permanent Representative of the I.R. of Iran,

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Statement by Deputy Permanent Representative of the I.R. of Iran,

Statement by Deputy Permanent Representative of the I.R. of Iran,

the CND Special Event: “Commemorating the UN International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking and Launch of the World Drug Report 2019

26 June 2019

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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Mr. Chairman,

Allow me to begin my statement with thanking UNODC and in particular the Research and Trend Analysis Branch for their hard work in the course of preparation of the World Drug Report 2019.

Yet once again we learned from World Drug Report, persisting and alarming trends and patterns for drug abuse around the world.  35 million people suffer from drug use disorders and 11 million inject drugs. The area under opium poppy cultivation and global opium production remain at high levels and coca bush cultivation and the global manufacture of cocaine have also reached record levels.

Public health responses continue to fall short. A large proportion of the global population continues to have minimal access to such pharmaceutical opioids. The international legal system on drug abuse has not been fully observed. The quality and geographical coverage of data on drug use is lacking, and so on and so forth.

From our point of view, the only way to overcome these challenges is promoting international cooperation and concerted support as well as enhancing national and regional efforts.

Mr. Chairperson,

The Islamic Republic of Iran’s experiences gained from four decades of unflagging combat against drug traffickers while sustaining irreparable human and financial losses such as the devotion of 3,811 martyrs and 12,000 injured people has led to the designing of broad-based plans in parallel with demand and harms reduction programs aimed at a smart fight against international mafia and regional gangs in order to halt drug cultivation and production from the point of origin to the final destination.

Such plans have been put on the agenda policies for combating the drug supply. In the past three decades, the Islamic Republic of Iran has seized approximately 11,000 tons of different types of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances. It should be noted that approximately 76 percent of global opium seizures and more than 30 percent of global heroin seizures are made in Iran. Meanwhile, the law enforcement agencies carried out 1,557 operations against drug traffickers and international networks in 2018, shattering 2,114 gangs and seizing approximately 807 tons of different types of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances including 45 tons of heroin and morphine. It is noteworthy that Iran prevents alone the entry of more than 30 percent of illicit heroin from the producing country into the illicit international market.  

Mr. Chairman,

The availability of narcotic drugs for medical purposes within the framework of international conventions is an integral part of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s balanced strategy, while countering their diversion to illicit markets, implementing demand reduction policies aimed at minimizing the negative consequences of drug abuse, as well as promoting public health and creation of a society free from drug abuse. While based on the UNODC report, one addict has access to the treatment services out of every six addicts at the global level, but more than two persons have access to the same services in the country.

The Islamic Republic of Iran also seeks to prepare the grounds for the rehabilitation and social reintegration of individuals while trying to prevent the perpetration of drugs related crimes through improving national legislations and procedures.

Finally , I wish to emphasize that unilateral coercive measures and illegal sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran has hampered international cooperation to combat drugs and implementation of joint bilateral and regional initiatives, thus is directly accountable for the disastrous consequences of disrupting the international campaign against illicit drugs and diminishing the capacities in this regard. In the meantime, one of the new and most important challenges today is intervention by politics in the development of international humanitarian cooperation against drug trafficking as well as the protection of human dignity of individuals affected by drug use.

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