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Stop drug trafficking to wipe out poverty: UN

  1. buseman
    United Nations, June 27 – Fighting drug abuse, trafficking and other social evils must be parts of the battle against poverty, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has said.

    Our work to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and fight drugs must go hand-in-hand.

    In seeking to eradicate illicit crops, we must also work to wipe out poverty, Ban said in his message on the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

    Ban said that significant health challenges, including spred of HIV, stem from drug abuse. One of the eight MDGs includes reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS.

    The MDGs also target environmental sustainability, which is threatened by drug trade effects such as coca cultivation in the Andean Rainforest or chemical runoffs from cocaine labs, the UN chief said.

    The secretary-general also called on member states to become parties to the UN Convention against Transnational Organised Crime, which includes three protocols against human trafficking, illicit manufacturing and trafficking of firearms, Xinhua reported.

    In his message, Ban linked the booming trade of cocaine and other drugs to increased corruption and insecurity which threaten the sovereignty of States.

    That is why the United Nations is putting a stronger emphasis on enhancing justice and fighting crime in peace-building and peacekeeping operations, Ban added.

    Jun 27th, 2010


  1. dyingtomorrow
    This is stupid for two reasons:

    1) For a huge percentage of low income people, growing/selling/importing drugs is the only way they can make their living. This is true both for the drug dealers in the ghetto, and the poor farmers in South America and Afghanistan. If they magically eradicated all drugs, you'd have millions of people starving all over the globe.

    2) The War on Drugs is probably the largest single contributor to poverty in first world countries. There are literally millions of people whose lives have been ruined for petty drug use. Who are marked for life as felons and criminals, and will never be able to get gainful employment ever again. Not to mention the institutionalization that occurs when you imprison people. Or the loads of fines and fees and confiscations they slap on people who are already dirt poor and will never be able to dig themselves out of their financial hole. A single drug charge can destroy generations down a family line; throwing someone in jail, breaking them financially with fines, marking them as a criminal who can never get decent work again, and embittering them towards society - this not only ruins an otherwise social and productive person, but is passed along to their children and their children's children. As I have said before, you can probably trace generations of welfare recipients to a single life destroyed for petty drug use sometime in the early-to-mid 20th century.

    The tougher the War on Drugs gets, the more the already impoverished are hurt, and the more the middle class is pushed down into the cracks of society and stripped of their ability to contribute to society. South America isn't being destabilized because drugs are illegal - it's because, as great and glorious America should know, you can't stop market forces; forcing drugs to be a multi-billion dollar black market industry causes destabilization across the board. I just wonder when these policy making idiots are going to wise up, and realize that by controlling drugs, they could eradicate more social problems than with probably any other singular change in society.
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