Reverend Monsignor,

Your Majesty, Queen Silvia of Sweden,

Distinguished participants,

My sincere thanks to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences for holding this very important workshop to strengthen science-based solutions to a problem of great concern to all of the international community.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank your Majesty, for your dedicated efforts to prevent drug abuse around the world, and for your long-standing support for the work of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, including our launch of the Listen First prevention campaign in New York during the recent UN General Assembly Special Session on drugs (UNGASS). 

Today, I would like to focus on the outcomes of the UNGASS and their impact on the international drug control system.

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