November 14, 2019
Submitted To: SPECPOL
Subject: International Drug Trade
The international drug trade is one of the biggest issues facing the world today. This is an issue that affects billions of people in every province, state, territory, region and country in the world. According to the CDC 47,600 people died from drug related deaths in 2017 and this number is only rising as the world population does. We must at this conference take action to combat this issue.
As we approach this conference we are hoping to provide solutions to help solve this issue. But before we do that, we must answer some critical questions. One critical question the committee must answer is: How can we, as the United Nations, take steps to deter international drug traffickers and dealers? What is the best way to coordinate cross boundary efforts to stop the illegal drug trade?
The Republic of Rwanda believes that in order to effectively and efficiently move forward in committee we must discuss and find a way to increase international cooperation regarding this issue. Rwanda believes that the best way to combat this issue is by making use of two organizations, the UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) and regional organizations such as the African Union or the Arab League. For example the UNODC has partnered with the regional organizations in africa like the Economic Community of West African States to implement greater cooperation and intelligence sharing between states in West Africa. By using regional organizations we can encourage more participation because countries may be more comfortable collaborating with surrounding countries and it allows our plans of attack to be more specialized based on the specific problems in each region.
Overall the Delegation from Rwanda looks forward to taking steps to solve this massive issue and looks forward to cooperating with other nations to find the best solution to this issue.
- Jake Wilcox