Countries meet to counter $320 billion global drug tradeListen /
Countries from around the world are meeting in the Austrian capital, Vienna, to look at ways to counter the $320 billion a year global drug trade.
The High-Level review of the 57th Session of the Commission on Narcotics Drugs is being attended by senior Government officials as well civil society organizations.
Participants will examine how best to enhance international cooperation to fight drug trafficking.
They'll focus on efforts to reduce the public desire for and the supply of illicit drugs, as well ways to curb money-laundering and promote judicial cooperation.
David Dadge is the Spokesperson for UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
"The global drug trade generates an estimated 320 billion dollars every year and reaches into every country and region. No country is big enough to confront the challenge of illicit drugs and crime on their own. The High-Level review offers a forum for Member States to discuss the world drug problem.
UNODC estimates that globally in 2011 up to 315 million people had used an illicit drug in the previous 12 months.
Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.