Statement by Deputy Permanent Representative Ambassador Mr. Tsutomu OSAWA on the occasion of the Special event commemorating the centennial of the signing of the International Opium Convention of 1912

Let me first congratulate UNODC and INCB, on behalf of the Japanese delegation, on the celebration of the 100 year anniversary of the signing of the International Opium Convention. It is indeed a great honor to speak as a delegate of one of the original signatories of the Convention.

The International Opium Convention is the first multilateral initiative geared towards tackling the world drug problem in general, and the international opium issue specifically. The determination of the convention to control the trade of opiates, while allowing them to be utilized for scientific and medical purposes, helped form the foundation for current conventions which control narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.

The international community has achieved much over the last one hundred years towards improving the world drug problem, including the reduction of illicit opium poppy cultivation in East Asia through the development of an international framework for drug control. This innovative and extensive framework of drug conventions has increased the capacity for countries to combat this issue, to improve scientific and evidence-based treatments for drug addicts, to encourage the adoption of drug demand reduction policies, and to aid in the development of alternative livelihoods.

For many years Japan has supported, in conjunction with stakeholders such as UNODC, counter narcotic drug activities in South East Asia, Afghanistan and neighboring countries. Japan would like to play a more active role in strengthening cooperation among those partners in tackling the world drug problem.

Thank you.
The Practical Export Control Workshop was hosted by the Wassenaar Arrangement as part of its 20th Anniversary programs and held at the Permanent Mission of Japan to the International Organizations in Vienna on 27 and 28 June 2016. More than 100 government representatives from 46 countries participated in the technically focused Practical Workshop.
Workshop speakers included the 2016 WA Plenary Chair Ambassador Anu Laamanen (Finland), 2016 WA General Working Group Chair Ambassador Paul Beijer (Sweden), 2015-2016 WA Experts Group Chair Robertas Rosinas (Lithuania), 2016 WA Licensing and Enforcement Officers Meeting Chair Jon Erik Strömö (Norway), as well as the Head of the WA Secretariat, Ambassador Philip Griffiths. The WA control lists as well as export licensing and enforcement topics were covered during the two days.
The following link from WA’s webpage contains more details: