Dear Colleagues:
The President of the General Assembly, Mr. Al-Nasser announced that he will, on 26 June, convene a thematic debate on Drugs and Crime as a Threat to Development on the occasion of the UN International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
Please read the information below being sent from UNODC as well as the attachment from the President of the General Assembly if you/your organization might be interested in having some input to an NGO statement.
Based on communications with UNODC it is being recommending that we focus on the Doha theme “Integrating crime prevention and criminal justice into the wider United Nations agenda to address social and economic challenges and to promote the rule of law and public participation” and the SG’s report “In Larger Freedom” about integrity, accountability, and transparency… combating abuse, corruption, and organized crime.

Dear NGO representatives,

The UNODC is pleased to inform NGOs about the attached information related to the forthcoming United Nations General Assembly Thematic Debate on Drugs, Crime and Development to be held on 26 June 2012 in New York City, USA.

The attached concept paper lays out a broad context for the discussion which will focus on drugs in the morning and crime in the afternoon. There may be an opportunity for one joint NGO statement (after Member State interventions). As such, the Alliance on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice will develop a statement that could be delivered on behalf of the Alliance during the Afternoon Interactive Panel Discussion on:

Challenges in mainstreaming crime prevention into development initiatives, and ways of improving the international community’s coordinated efforts to address crime’s adverse impact on development.

Should you be interested in contributing to this statement, please email both Michael Platzer and Yael Danieli at michaelkplatzer@yahoo.com and yaeld@aol.com with your input by 9 June 2012.

There are seats available for NGOs. If you wish to attend, please send an email to ngo.unit@unodc.org with the names of delegates, and we will coordinate this with the Office in New York.

Many thanks and best regards,
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Civil Society Team
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Vienna, Austria
Tel: +43 1 26060-5582 or +43 1 26060-4620
www.unodc.org/unodc/en/ngos/
ngo.unit@unodc.org
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