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UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov, urged the international community to seize the opportunity provided by the UN General Assembly special session (UNGASS) on the world drug problem to address shared challenges. He also pledged UNODC's support for putting the session's recommendations into practice.

 "We must take advantage of the momentum provided by UNGASS to strengthen cooperation and advance comprehensive, balanced, integrated rights-based approaches that help to protect and promote the health, safety and security of people everywhere," said Mr. Fedotov.

 The landmark special session, only the third such meeting held by the UN General Assembly on global drug policy, concluded on Thursday.

 More information is available from the UNODC website.