The Philippine Delegation met with the Director-General of the United Nations Headquarters in Vienna and Concurrent Executive Director of the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime Yuri Fedotov to discuss the Philippines’ current efforts on drug abuse prevention and control.

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United Nations Vienna Director-General Yuri Fedotov is joined by his team in meeting with the Philippine Delegation led by Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr, Dangerous Drugs Board Chairman (Secretary) Catalino Cuy, Philippine Ambassador to the Permanent Mission in Vienna Maria Cleofe Natividad and DDB Executive Director (Undersecretary) Earl Saavedra.

In a session hosted by Fedotov in his office on 14 March, the Delegation also articulated the comprehensive, balanced and holistic approach in addressing the Philippines’ drug problem. This is contrary to the controversial reports articulated in mainstream media by some high level officials of the United Nations.

Using the Philippine Anti-Illegal Drugs Strategy (PADS) as the overarching framework of action, the Delegation emphasized the Philippines’ commitment to address the demand for and supply of dangerous drugs as a global plan of action and a shared responsibility under the concept of the whole of nation approach.

Thursday’s discussion focused on Fedotov’s reaffirming commitment to continue joint initiatives in the aspect of capacity building, technology development, technical assistance, resource sharing and pilot testing of programs that will advance the anti-drug initiatives and institutionalize policies related thereto.

As a signatory of the Global Container Program, the Delegation reiterated the Philippine Government’s full support and cooperation in ensuring that the platform will help intensify drug interdiction in seaports and airports which the syndicates often use for drug trafficking activity.