Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, May 31 / Trend H.Hasanov /
Head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Turkmenistan Ercan Saka spoke about Turkmenistan's joining the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs for 2012-2015 to the Neytralniy Turkmenistan newspaper.
Turkmenistan was elected for a term of four years, starting from Jan.1, 2012, he said.
The Commission shall perform the functions assigned to it by the international treaties on drug control and, in particular the Convention on Narcotic Drugs (1961), the Convention on Psychotropic Substances (1971), the UN Convention against illicit traffic in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.
Saka said the issue of combating illicit drug trafficking has firmly taken a position as a major threat to the international security in last decade.
"The adoption of the UN Program on International Drug Control and Crime Prevention, as well as the creation of the UNODC, definitely determines the UN's role as one of the main organizations for solving this problem at the level of global cooperation," he said.
The number of those consuming illegal drugs is about 150-250 million adults in the world.