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Updates on the INCB
Raymond Yans re-elected as President of the INCB
Raymond Yans has been elected to serve a second year as President of the International Narcotics Control Board, with a term ending in May 2014. At the same time, Galina Korchagina has been elected as First Vice-President and Sri Suryawati, a newly elected member of the Board, has been elected Second Vice-President and Chair of the Standing Committee on Estimates. Werner Sipp was elected to serve as the Rapporteur and Member of the Standing Committee on Estimates.
The Board announced that during its 107th session, running from 6 to 17 May 2013, it will focus on "the emergence of new psychoactive substances and the use of non-controlled chemicals in the illicit manufacture of drugs as well as possible action for enhancing international preventive measures". It will also "continue to review the progress of Governments in implementing the international drug control conventions, including by analyzing the international drug control situation, examining the movement of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and precursor chemicals for licit purposes, as well as the supply of opiate raw materials and demand for opiates for medical and scientific purposes, and reviewing the findings of its recent missions". The Board's Standing Committee on Estimates will continue to review "information provided by Governments to promote the adequate availability of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances globally, to ensure that citizens around the world have better access to medicines to treat pain, including from cancer, and psychiatric, neurological and other health problems, while preventing their diversion to drug abuse," and "consider the annual legitimate requirements reported by Governments for precursor chemicals frequently used in the illicit manufacture of amphetamines and other drugs of abuse in order to ensure their availability for legitimate use and prevent diversion to criminal activities."
For further details on the composition and work of the Board, see this article.
In line with the provisions of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961, Professor Suryawati was elected from among three candidates nominated by the World Health Organization (WHO) to fill the remainder of the term until 1 March 2017.
To identify a new member of the INCB, following the passing away of Professor Hamid Ghodse, the WHO has nominated three candidates: Sri Suryawati (Indonesia),Mohammed Tamouh Abou-Saleh (SyrianArab Republic and United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) and Jaanus Harro (Estonia).
This is a brief account of the INCB President's behaviour at the CND, as well as the objectionable positions adopted by the UN body on several drug policy issues.
As a response to rising levels of use, particularly in South East Asia, the CND has passed resolutions urging member states to employ national control systems to restrict the use of ketamine to medical and scientific purposes within their own jurisdictions, but INCB fails to account for the broader health implications of its proposal.
This is a short commentary on the INCB's Annual Report for 2012 and the narrow view of the INCB on drug-related issues.
The recent death of Prof. Hamid Ghodse gives rise to the need to replace his position on the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB). According to procedure, the WHO must propose candidates for the vacancy.
On 2 January 2012, the President of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) announced that Professor Hamid Ghodse had passed away on 27 December 2012 after a short illness.
The INCB condemned the results of recent referenda in two states in the United States of America, Colorado and Washington, and in some cities in Michigan and Vermont, allowing the non-medical use of cannabis.
INCB country visits
The INCB has announced upcoming visits to the following countries:
- Canada - late May 2013
- Uruguay - mid March 2013
Should your NGO be based in any of these countries and wish to organise an official meeting with the INCB delegation, please contact Michel Perron before 25 February 2013.
Key publications on the INCB
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Current INCB membership
- Wayne HALL, Australia
- David T. JOHNSON, United States
- Galina Aleksandrovna KORCHAGINA, Russian Federation
- Marc MOINARD, France
- Jorge MONTAÑO, Mexico
- Lochan NAIDOO, South Africa
- Rajat RAY, India
- Ahmed Kamal Eldin SAMAK, Egypt
- Werner SIPP, Germany
- Viroj SUMYAI, Thailand
- Raymond YANS, Belgium (President)
- Francisco THOUMI, Colombia