On Thursday 13 March, The Queen took part in the 57th high-level session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs. The Queen gave the opening address. The focus of the meeting, which was held at the UN Headquarters in Vienna, was global narcotic issues.
The Queen opened the meeting with a speech, in which she emphasised the importance of reducing access to narcotics in the world in order to protect children's lives in accordance with their rights. The Queen also spoke about the Mentor Foundation, which she founded 20 years ago, and how Mentor works to prevent drug abuse and help vulnerable children, as well as how the foundation has worked actively for many years to support the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
Read The Queen's speech here.
Several Swedes attended the meeting in Vienna. Speakers included Minister for Children and the Elderly Maria Larsson, who is the minister responsible for the Swedish Government's policy on alcohol, narcotics, doping and tobacco, and UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson.
The Queen last took part in the meeting in 2009.
The role of UNODC is to assist UN member nations in their work to combat all forms of illegal drugs, crime and terrorism.
Each year, the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) brings together representatives from member nations, organisations, society and the media to discuss various methods and to develop more effective ways of working together on issues to combat the problem of narcotics in the world.