UN Report Calls for Global Anti-Narcotic Coordination

Korea Times (Seoul, Korea), February 22, 2001 | Go to article overview

UN Report Calls for Global Anti-Narcotic Coordination


Every country faces the threat of narcotics and South Korea is not an exception, especially as drug trafficking rapidly goes on-line, according to an international report released yesterday.

It also urged North Korea to join the global efforts to fight the drug trade, saying the reclusive country is one of the few nations which have not signed any international treaty on that issue, including Cambodia.

Concentrating on its activities in 2000 and the worldwide spread of those illegal substances, the 79-page report by the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) warned that the Internet is emerging as a new global distribution channel, making almost all countries vulnerable to the scourge of drugs.

In particular, it stressed the importance of close inter-governmental coordination, as the online network, with 600 million users at present, has no borders.

The INCB is a 13-member body, established by the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, mandated to monitor the implementation of international drug control treaties.

The members are elected by the Economic and Social Council and serve in their personal capacities, not as government representatives.

Touching on this year's special theme of overconsumption, the report said that the widespread overuse of controlled drugs, like various amphetamine- type stimulants to treat psychological problems caused by social pressures, continues to be a growing socially-accepted habit, especially in developed countries.

Also, the U.N.-based drug control watchdog expressed concerns at the growing use of stimulants among Asian youth, commenting that such narcotics are becoming more accessible. …

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