Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden asked in her speech during the opening of the 57th Session on the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs that the anti-drug policies should be based on zero tolerance with a focus on prevention, treatment, control and aiming to reduce consumption of illegal drugs.
She said: “According to my mind a drug policy should be based on zero tolerance focusing on prevention, treatment, control, and aiming to reduce both supply and demand of and for illegal drugs. And I am convinced that the UN Drug Conventions are the best tools and means available to achieve these aims. Therefore we must support and defend the UN Drug Conventions.”
She talked about the dramatic situation around the world where narcotic drugs and drug abuse is part of their daily life. She said: “When I travel around the world and meet children and young people living in societies where narcotic drugs and drug abuse is part of their daily life my heart bursts. A society where production, trafficking and consumption of narcotic drugs are an integral part of the life of its citizen creates a society where poverty, corruption and misery are present. Children and young people suffer the most in such a society- they lose hope and belief in the society.”
She added: “For almost 20 years ago I founded Mentor Foundation – an international non-governmental organisation focused on the prevention of drug misuse with the mission to help vulnerable children- and through this work I have met many children growing up in societies affected by drug abuse and have seen the harm it causes. Mentor has actively sought to support the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime since decades ago.”
Her Majesty said that many children around the globe are affected by drug misuse. This could be either by using drugs themselves at a very early age or growing up in a family where drug abuse is part of their lives. This is something we have to take most seriously and try our hardest to change. We cannot let narcotic drugs and drug abuse be an accepted part of persons day to day life.
She clarified that the Article 33 of the Convention on the rights of the Child states parties shall take all appropriate measures, including legislative, administrative, social and educational measures, to protect children from the illicit use of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances as defined in the relevant international treaties and to prevent the use of children in the illicit production and trafficking of such substances. We must work together to try to fulfill this obligation!