Permanent Mission of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United Nations


Head of ONA presents the National Antidrugs Plan at the United Nations


During the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the world drug problem, Major General Irwin Ascanio, President of the National Antidrug Office (ONA in Spanish), presented the plan of the Venezuelan Government to effectively address this scourge that affects the world.

He was joined at this activity by Ruben Molina, Viceminister for Multilateral Affairs of the Ministry of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs, and Rafael Ramirez, Permanent Representative of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United Nations; along with representatives of different diplomatic missions appointed to the United Nations and Non-Governmental Organizations. 

The President of ONA expressed that due to the privileged location of Venezuela, the national territory is often used as a channel for transference and distribution of narcotics to different destinations, making necessary the implementation of an integrated system that begins with social prevention regarding consumption, rehabilitation and social insertion of consumers, as well as illicit drug trafficking based on international cooperation.

Regarding the prevention of drug abuse, Major General Ascanio pointed out that his agency has worked in different areas such as community, penal, laboral, educational, and children and teenagers.

Since 2009, Venezuela was awarded by the United Nations as a territory free from drug crops.

Major General Ascanio stressed that from the ONA, the Bolivarian Government of Venezuela works tirelessly to find solutions oriented at consolidating a land of peace and free from drugs.