UNODC: Solutions to Drug Trafficking and Juvenile Criminality

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COSMUN Staff

The Delegate from EL Salvador reads over a position paper.

Carolina Mira, COSMUN Correspondent

On April 4, 2017 UNODC concluded the debate proposed solutions to the supply and demand of illicit drugs.

While they came up with several solutions, Mexico and Venezuela claimed that the best solution was to create a foundation to aid addicts and terminate drug cartels. This solution was supported by the delegates of Switzerland, North Korea, Spain, China, Italy and Brazil.

“I support Mexico and Venezuela to embrace this solution, but would also like to count on the help of delegations such as the united states and delegations such as colombia to tackle the current crisis that is happening,” the delegate from Brazil said.

However, the United States proposed a more violent approach attacking the supply and demand of illicit drug trafficking. The delegation was supported by delegations of Belgium, Bolivia, Italy, United Kingdom, Afghanistan  and Pakistan.

“The United Kingdom demands the immediate removal of any involvement of the delegation of venezuela from the proposed panels it has demonstrated not to be capable of handling such a task, first it needs to solve its internal problems,” the delegate of the United Kingdom said.

Rather than coming here and suggesting solutions for all of ours. This delegation wants to make clear that there has to be people from this nation that are planning to supervise where the money actually goes to and that the demands are not met then the delegation will not be willing to cooperate with the proposal,”

Finally, aspects of both proposals were merged into a single paper that passed unanimously except for North Korea.

The commission proceeded to the second topic, juvenile criminality and its punishments.

The delegation of Brazil argued that most of the crimes committed by children are because they get involved with the mafia or other groups, who kidnap or threaten their families.  Those groups force the children to commit the crimes because they can go free and the children get a reduced sentence.

“Minors commit crimes because drug cartels or other crime groups force this teenagers to do their crimes for them so they would not get punished. They capture their families or they give them no choice so they live in towns controlled by drug cartels which force them to commit this crimes,” the delegate of Brazil said.

Countries are not punishing the children the way they do to adults. Most of the criminal organizations are taking advantage of the consideration from the nations to children, this makes the children more vulnerable and exposed.

“Organized crime hire teenagers to do the dirty job and they won’t get punished. Why? Because that’s why the panel code of a lot of nations says.”

Debate on this issue will continue during the afternoon session.