The Honourable Marvin H. Dames, Minister of National Security, Attends the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) 62nd Ministerial Segment 2019

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The Hon. Marvin H. Dames is attending the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) 62nd Ministerial Segment in Vienna, Austria. The Ministerial Segment emanates from the Political Declaration and Plan of Action on International Cooperation towards an integrated and balanced strategy to counter the world drug problems which was adopted in 2009. The Minister, like other world leaders, with responsibility for narcotics strategies within their respective countries, are coming together to address the multifaceted drug problems with the view of providing feasible bi-lateral and multilateral agreements to strengthen counter-drug measures relative to smuggling, profits from the drug, and human rights protection for users and victims.

While The Bahamas has made substantial progress in countering and advancing drug control, the country is still challenged. Like the global community, The Bahamas has been plagued by the drug epidemic which flourished in the 80s. Located along the drug trafficking routes between South America and North America and the migrant smuggling route emanating from one of the more impoverished and less stable Caribbean countries, The Bahamas continues to be challenged
by the transport and smuggling of migrants, guns and drug trans-shipments. Notwithstanding the challenges faced, The Bahamas has been consistent in its efforts regarding drug control and has either ratified or acceded to most of the international legal instruments,
including the United Nations Conventions and the Inter-American Conventions. The Ministerial Segment is being held from 14th – 15th March, 2019, however, the technical component will not conclude until 22nd March, 2019.

Accordingly, during the two-day Ministerial Segment, Minister Dames will highlight and reaffirm the country’s efforts to meet the global 2019 target of jointly addressing and countering the world drug problems. By extension, the target is a short-term goal of the Sustainable Development Goal 2030. Goal sixteen (16) of the aforesaid seeks the assistance of global countries to promote individual and collective shared responsibilities to promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies.

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