Washington, D.C. – This week, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) will take part in a critical dialogue about finding a comprehensive and integrated approach to reducing drug demand, supply and trafficking at the 54th session of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, Austria. The UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs, which is composed of fifty-three member states (or countries), is the principal policy-making body within the UN system on drug control issues.
The United States is one of many member states attending this high level conference this week. The United States Delegation is headed by ONDCP Director, Gil Kerlikowske, and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) William R. Brownfield.
CADCA will take part in plenary and informal discussions, and will be providing a presentation to delegates about the effectiveness of community coalitions and their impact on substance abuse issues, and on reducing drugged driving. CADCA supports two resolutions that are before the Commission this week, including a U.S. Resolution L2: Promoting International Cooperation to Stop Drugged Driving, as well as a Resolution presented by the country of Uruguay L6: Efficient measures to improve civil society participation in the Commission of Narcotic Drugs. These resolutions are among several resolutions that will be voted on this week.
“I am honored to be joining such a distinct group of leaders at this important event. Throughout the week, we will be emphasizing the importance of the coalition multi-sector approach to solving community problems, such as illicit drug use and drugged driving. It is clear that many of member states represented at the Commission appreciate and understand the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions Strategy and CADCA looks forward to sharing and learning from our partners around the world,” said CADCA Chairman and CEO Gen. Arthur T. Dean. Accompanying CADCA Chairman and CEO, General Arthur Dean, is Dr. Eduardo Hernandez, CADCA’s Vice President of International Programs.
CADCA is currently involved in working with community groups in eight foreign countries to help them build effective anti-drug coalitions. In addition, CADCA is one of two United States-based non-government organizations (NGO) that have consultative status with the United Nations and is a member of the Vienna NGO Committee.