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Australian contribution to the United Nations Fund for Drug Abuse Control



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N E W S R E L E A S E

N Q D A T E

25 F ebruary 1975

AUSTRALIAN CONTRIBUTION TO THE UNITED NATIONS

FUND FOR DRUG ABUSE CONTROL

. A u s tra lia w i l l c o n trib u te US$100,000 (A$74>333) to the.

U nited N atio n s Fund f o r Drug Abuse C o n tro l i n 1975·

Announcing t h i s to d ay , th e Prim e M in is te r and A cting F o reig n

M in is te r , Mr W hitlam, s a id th a t th e Fund had been e s ta b lis h e d i n 1971

t o h e lp m o b ilis e i n te r n a tio n a l a c tio n through th e U n ited N atio n s a g a in s t

th e sp read o f drug abuse throughout th e w orld w ith i t s d is a s tr o u s

consequences f o r in d iv id u a ls and n a tio n s .

A u s tra lia made an i n i t i a l c o n trib u tio n of US$100,000 (A$67, 240)

to th e fund i n 1973 and re p e a te d t h i s c o n trib u tio n i n 1974«

Mr Whitlam s a id th a t th e G overnm ent's c o n tin u in g support f o r th e

Fund was i n keeping w ith i t s a c tiv e involvem ent i n i n t e r n a t i o n a l e f f o r t s

t o combat drug t r a f f i c k i n g .

The Prime M in is te r r e c a lle d t h a t A u s tr a lia i s c u r r e n tly a member

o f th e UN Commission on N a rc o tic D rugs. An A u s tra lia n a ls o serv ed as

Chairman of an Ad Hoc Committee of th e . Commission on I l l i c i t Drug T r a f f ic

i n th e A sian re g io n . T h is Committee was e s ta b lis h e d by th e Commission on

N a rc o tic Drugs in 1973 to re p o rt on s u ita b le means f o r prom oting more

e f f e c t iv e c o -o p e ra tio n and m utual a s s is ta n c e i n th e p re v e n tio n o f i l l i c i t

drug t r a f f i c i n th e re g io n . The re p o rt o f th e Ad Hoc Committee was

su b m itted to th e Commission l a s t y e a r and has r e s u lte d , i n t e r a l i a , t o th e

c o n s ti tu tio n of r e g u la r annual m eetings o f Law Enforcem ent Heads i n th e

re g io n .