TVNZ One News 24 September 2018
Family First Comment: “The document requires the countries which sign to develop national action plans to reduce the demand for illicit drugs, cut off supply at their borders and strengthen international cooperation.”
But Jacinda Ardern won’t sign it. Apparently New Zealand doesn’t want to reduce the demand for illicit drugs.
New Zealand will not be signing the United States’ document calling for global action on the war on drugs, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says.
Ms Ardern is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly this week, along with about 140 other world leaders.
US President Donald Trump is kicking off his week at the UN by holding an event to promote the US document called the Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem.
The document requires the countries which sign to develop national action plans to reduce the demand for illicit drugs, cut off supply at their borders and strengthen international cooperation.
US media are reporting that some countries will sign it, not because they agree with it but because they don’t want to antagonise Mr Trump.
But Ms Ardern said New Zealand would not be among them.
“No it’s not our intention to and there are a number of other countries who haven’t either.”
Jacinda Ardern said New Zealand had its own specific challenges around drug use, and it would prefer to take a health approach to the issue.
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