The much-anticipated 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) is underway, with President of the United States, Donald Trump who has vowed to solve the drug problem, calling it a global issue. The drug epidemic has plagued not just the US, but the entire world, President Trump observed.
Persuading the world to work with the US on the matter, President Trump said that the world must together solve the issue that claims millions of lives across the globe every year. The Trump Administration, represented by the President himself, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley as well as a few others, has teamed up with the United Nations, asking the world to work together to root out this evil.
While addressing the General Assembly, the Republican said, “the scourge of drug addiction continues to claim many lives around the world. We commit to fighting the drug epidemic together.”
The 72-year old hasn’t always been on good terms with the UN, especially after the US’s withdrawal from Human Rights Council as well as the UNESCO cultural program. Earlier, Nikki Haley told the media about the President’s talking point at the assembly, saying that USA’s sovereignty is something which will never be comprised. She also said that those organizations which dictate to the US about thins will not be tolerated. Haley also told the media about President Trump’s initiative to unite the world against the drugs problem and raising the issue at the General Assembly meetup of the world leaders.
However, Mr. Trump came out with the intention to bring the international body on the same page as the US, also asking the world to unite for stopping drug trafficking, smuggling, and abuse. He reiterated the fact that the death toll because of the different forms of drugs has increased an alarming 60% from 2000 to 2015, terming the deaths as ‘absolutely terrible’.
He maintained that drugs lead to criminal activities, saying:
“Illicit drugs are linked to organized crime, illegal financial flows, corruption, and terrorism. It is vital for public health and national security that we fight drug addiction and stop all forms of trafficking and smuggling that provide the financial lifeblood for vicious transnational cartels”.
The UN General Secretary, Antonio Guterres applauded President Trump for highlighting the importance of the challenge facing the world together at the biggest event of the year.