4 Dec 2017 21:54

Ecuador to host next int'l parliamentary anti-drug conference in fall of 2018

MOSCOW. Dec 4 (Interfax) - The international parliamentary conference dubbed 'Parliamentarians against Drugs' will be held annually and it's next session will take place in Ecuador in the fall of 2018. Such a decision was approved following the first parliamentary anti-drug conference at the State Duma in Moscow.

According to State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin, who chaired the inter-parliamentary conference, Ecuadorean lawmaker Jose Serrano Salgado voiced the proposal to hold the next conference in Ecuador.

The conference will be held annually, the declaration adopted following it said.

"We call on the United Nations to continue considering the resolution of the global drug issue as one of the priorities of its activity, directing relevant resources and capacities to realize it; we recommend that the member states continue funding relevant UN programs, as well as other international organizations and agencies, in sufficient qualities," the conference's declaration, adopted on Monday, said.

The document also contains a call to public figures, representatives of culture, and athletes "to raise their voice in order to protect society from the threat of narcotics and support propaganda of healthy lifestyles."

The conference took place with the participation of the UN and the National Anti-Drug Union, representatives of 43 of the world's parliaments took part in it.