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Australian contribution to the United Nations Fund for Drug Abuse Control



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26 February 1974

AUSTRALIAN CONTRIBUTION TO THE UNITED NATIONS

FUND FOR DRUG ABUSE CONTROL. ■

Australia will contribute US$100,000 (A$67,240) to the

United Nations Fund for Drug Abuse Control in 1974,

Announcing this in a statement issued in Canberra today,

the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Don V/illesee, said that

the Fund had been established in 1971 to help mobilise international

action through the United Nations against the spread of drug abuse

in the world and its disastrous consequences for individuals and

nations, * "

Australia made an initial contribution of US$100,000

(A$67,240) to the Fund in 1973»

Senator Willesee said that the Government's continuing

support for the Fund was in keeping with its active involvement

in international efforts to combat drug trafficking.

The Senator recalled that Australia was a member of the

U.N. Commission on Narcotic Drugs and also served as Chairman of

an ad hoc Committee of the Commission on Illicit Drug Traffic in

the Asian region. This committee was established by the Commission

on Narcotic Drugs in 1973 to report suitable means for promoting

more effective cooperation and mutual assistance in' the prevention

of illicit drug traffic in the region.