Topics such as health, crime, human rights,
the new challenges, threats and realities of the drug
phenomenon will be discussed with a view to adopting policies that address socio-economic issues and reflect the
new terms of international debate.
UNGASS 2016 was convened at the initiative of Mexico, Colombia and Guatemala, which have worked together closely
throughout the preparatory process along with other countries from Latin
America and other regions. The discussions also benefited from
proposals submitted by civil society and various UN organizations.
In March, United Nations members reached
an agreement in Austria on the document that the Commission on Narcotic Drugs will
submit to the UN General Assembly for its consideration and adoption during
this special session. Mexico was represented at the high-level segment of the
session by the Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights, Miguel
Ruiz Cabañas Izquierdo, and the Deputy Attorney General for Legal and
International Affairs of the PGR, José Alberto Rodríguez Calderón.
This Tuesday, April 19, President
Enrique Peña Nieto will present Mexico’s official position. He will be
accompanied by Foreign Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu; the Undersecretary for
Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights, Miguel Ruíz Cabañas; the Undersecretary
for North America, José Paulo Carreño, and the Permanent Representative of
Mexico to the United Nations, Juan José Gómez Camacho.
On Thursday, April 21, the President will head a meeting in Mexico City to present
various executive decisions stemming from the forums that were held for a
national debate on the use of marijuana.