Drugs "threaten development, stability and security"

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Jan Eliasson. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

The illegal global drugs trade threatens not only development but also stability and security.

That's according to the UN Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, speaking at the opening of what's been described as the world's biggest drug policy meeting.

Janie Cangelosi has more details.

The General Assembly meeting on the world drug problem known as UNGASS is an opportunity to assess the achievements, shortcomings and challenges of the international drugs-control regime. 

Its ultimate goal is to ensure the health and welfare of people across the planet. 

Controlling illicit drugs is a key focus of the meeting. 

Here's the Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson. 

"Countering drug-related crime and corruption is imperative for us to achieve stable societies and effective institutions, which constitute the foundation for sustainable development. Drugs simply threaten not only development and lives and dignity they also threaten stability and security." 

UNGASS is expected to set a course for policies which support what the deputy UN chief called "our common aspirations for healthy people, peaceful and just societies." 

Janie Cangelosi, United Nations 

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