UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS
Office of Press and Public Diplomacy
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 19, 2023
Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the Adoption of a U.S.-Drafted UN General Assembly Resolution Addressing Threats Posed by Synthetic Drugs
The United States welcomes yesterday’s adoption of a U.S.-drafted UN General Assembly resolution addressing synthetic drugs. By joining consensus on this resolution, Member States have shown a unified commitment to countering the global public health and safety threats posed by synthetic drugs. The international community’s support for this issue has real impact and sets the stage for strengthened cooperation that can help protect our citizens, weaken transnational criminal organizations, and ultimately save lives.
Countering threats posed by synthetic drugs is a top priority of the Biden-Harris Administration and this resolution is just one example of U.S. efforts to enhance international cooperation on this urgent issue, complementing the launch of the Global Coalition to Address Synthetic Drug Threats by Secretary Blinken in July 2023.
Illicitly manufactured synthetic drugs threaten the health, security, and wellbeing of people around the world. No one country can tackle this issue alone: we must join forces as a global community. The United States remains committed to working with our partners, allies, and all stakeholders – both at the UN and beyond – to tackle this ongoing global challenge.