Head of ONA presents the National Antidrugs Plan at the United Nations
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.
"United Nations, now, in the 21st Century and for the third millennium, should focus all of its efforts, to the utmost, on moral, intellectual, scientific, social, cultural, economic and financial order, in the fight against the demons of hunger, poverty and death that scourge our planet."
"We will take with us to the UN a voice that repudiates terrorism and speaks out in favour of world peace; that respects the sovereignty of peoples and has the credit of the 181 countries who voted for us, not as an imperialist power that conquers peoples, but with our Bolivarian vision of peace and the right to exist."
"We must speak clearly and firmly on this point: during the United Nations’ 70 years of existence, the Palestinian people have faced a constant lack of respect for the most basic rights, and it is shameful that this organisation has known about the situation since it was founded and to date no political solution to the conflict has been reached"
"Venezuela will now, more than ever, be an active voice in the defence of the sovereign equality of nations; in particular of the inalienable rights of the peoples of the South to development and peace"