September 16, 2019
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 In GLIMUN2019: International Drug Trade

The United Nations estimates that the global drug market makes up 0.9% of the global GDP or roughly 360 billion USD. It’s a truly gigantic industry, and the backbone of organized crime and terrorist organizations the world over. The UN has in the past attempted to combat international drug trading, primarily in the 1970’s. They eventually found the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Bulgaria is at the crossroads of this global market, within Europe, roughly two-thirds of the Heroin smuggled in comes through Bulgaria.

 

  In the past Bulgaria has abstained from UN votes on Drug Trafficking in the 1970s. This was due to its being under soviet influence, who made its entire eastern bloc abstain from these votes. Though in the past we have had corruption issues with the drug trade, with many officials profiting from drug smuggling, we are, as of 2015,working to curb drug trafficking across our borders. We have also been working to stop drug production and distribution within our own borders. 

 

  Bulgaria entends to vote in favor of anti smuggling and papers that intend to cut off drugs at the source. I personally propose a solution that supports an international task force, such as UNODC, working with national governments to stomp out drug smuggling and cartels. They would work with the nation’s pre existing drug enforcement agencies to achieve this task. This program would be enacted in a nation only with the consent of the subject nation, as to not impose on them. This new program would be funded with a new fund pitched into by participating nations.

  • Bulgaria
  • Benjamin Grantonic

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