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NDACC director headed for high level UN meeting

By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter

The Director of the National Drug Abuse Control Council (NDACC), Esner Vellos, left Belize on Sunday bound for Mexico, to attend a United Nations meeting on the world drug problem.

The UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS), to be held in Mexico City on Monday and Tuesday, is one of several high-level meetings the UN holds to consider matters pertaining to a specific topic.

“Our role at this particular meeting is to draft and present a paper on where we are, what we’ve done and where we want to see in terms of the mandate from countries in the region to address the problem of drugs in the context of prevention, treatment, and trafficking”, Vellos said.

He added that the discussions will also touch on topics such as pharmaceuticals and the regional effort to implement special courts for drug related offences. He also said that being able to present at the meeting is an honour for Belize and it presents an opportunity not only for Belize to present its position as a country, but also to learn from other countries on how they address their drug problems.   

This will be the first time that Belize will be a presenting country at the session.

In country, the NDACC has been working with a special judicial committee to prepare the legislative frame work for a special drug court to be incorporated into the Judiciary. The final drug treatment court act is in its final stages and should be ready to present to the government after the November fourth General Elections.

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