The Commission on Narcotic Drugs adopts the first-ever resolution presented by Malta, and Canada

The Commission on Narcotic Drugs adopts the first-ever resolution presented by Malta, and Canada

Reference Number:  , Press Release Issue Date: Apr 22, 2021

The first ever resolution presented by Malta, together with Canada was adopted by the 64th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, held in Vienna between 12 and 16 April 2021.

The resolution highlights the important role of Governments in facilitating access to treatment and other drug demand reduction services, in particular for marginalised members of society, based on universal human rights obligations and the premise of non-discrimination and leaving no-one behind.

The resolution also recognises the importance of an all-inclusive outlook on the challenge for accessible treatment by encouraging inter-agency collaboration, gender mainstreaming and consultation with all relevant stakeholders, including civil society.

The goals of the resolution echoed the sentiments highlighted in an earlier statement delivered by Hon. Dr Michael Falzon, Minister for the Family, Children’s Rights and Social Solidarity, who emphasized the importance of adapting our judiciary systems to focus on assisting, and not punishing people who use drugs, while ensuring equal and non-discriminatory access to treatment, in order to avoid stigmatisation of these same people.

As part of its central role throughout the week, the Permanent Mission of Malta in Vienna also co-organised two events. The first one tackled the promotion of attitudes and actions that reduce stigmatisation of drug use and drug addiction. Permanent Representative Meli Daudey moderated the successful virtual event, with participants discussing the stigmatisation and discrimination faced by people using drugs when accessing drug-related services. This event also saw the participation of a number of experts in the field, including Malta’s own Professor Richard Muscat.

The other side-event co-sponsored by Malta, was focused on the implementation of the International Guidelines on Human Rights and Drug Policy. In her remarks at the virtual event, Deputy Head of Mission Alberta Borg highlighted the importance of these practical guidelines especially in the relevant fields of criminal justice, health and development.



Ambassador Natasha Daudey speaking in the virtual meeting. 

A screenshot of the virtual meeting for the 64th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs.