CND 64th Session


Ceremonial Opening Segment – 64th session CND (12 April 2021)

to mark the 60th anniversary of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs and 50th anniversary of the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances

2021 will mark the 60th  anniversary of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs and the 50th anniversary of the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances. Together with the 1988 Convention, these Conventions constitute the cornerstone of the international drug control system. Most recently, Member States reiterated their commitment to the implementation of these Conventions in the 2019 Ministerial Declaration adopted by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs at its 62nd  session in March 2019.

The three drug control conventions were adopted under the auspices of the United Nations, with the main goals to prevent the abuse of psychoactive substances and ensure their availability for medical and scientific purposes. Adherence is now almost universal.


Short introductory video

Message by the  Mr. Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations 

Video-message by  H.E. Ambassador Munir Akram,President of the Economic and Social Council

Remarks by  Ms. Waly, Executive Director of UNODC;

Video-message by  Mr. Tedros, Director-General of WHO

Remarks by  Mr. de Joncheere, President of INCB

Remarks by  Mr. Bridge, Chair of the Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs

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Foundation for a Drug-Free Europe was formed in March 2004 with the firm purpose of preventing and stopping debilitating drug use through educating non-users concerning the harmful effects that drugs can inflict upon the body, mind and personality, and by finding and directing existing users to programmes that can help them achieve comfortable abstinence for life.

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