The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) elected Morocco as a member of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) yesterday.
The CND is made up of 52 member states elected by ECOSOC. It assists ECOSOC with supervising the application of international drug control treaties.
ECOSOC also re-elected Moroccan Doctor Jallal Toufiq for a second term as a member of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB). Toufiq was in competition with 17 other candidates.
The INCB is an independent, quasi-judicial body that implements UN drug conventions, monitors international enforcements of restrictions on narcotics, and decides which narcotics should be regulated. It can impose sanctions on countries that do not respect international conventions.
INCB has 13 members, each elected by ECOSOC for a period of five years.
Toufiq was first elected to the board in 2015, and was elected vice-president last year. He is also the director of the Arrazi Psychiatric Hospital in Sale, a city next to Rabat, a university professor at the Rabat Faculty of Medicine, and an international consultant on drug addiction.
“This election shows the international community’s confidence in Morocco’s skills,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said in a press release.
The election also recognizes Morocco’s contribution to international efforts to fight against drug trafficking and drug use, the ministry added.
In its 2018 annual report, released in March this year, INCB lauded Morocco’s anti-trafficking efforts. It noted a particularly large seizure of 541 kg of cocaine in the port of Casablanca in February 2018.