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The Queen attends a UN meeting about narcotic drugs

The Queen during the conference. Photo: UNIS Vienna

The Queen arrives at the UN Headquarters and is welcomed by UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson. Photo: UNIS Vienna

The Queen arrives at the UN Headquarters in Vienna together with UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov. Photo: Heinz Peter Bader/Reuters

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 Foundationexternal link, opens in new window, 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).

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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 2009external link, opens in new window.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

The role of UNODCexternal link, opens in new window 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.