INCB: Moroccan Jallal Toufiq Elected President

Morocco was elected, Wednesday at the headquarters of the United Nations Office in Vienna, as chair of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB).

The Council of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) appointed Professor Jallal Toufiq as President of this United Nations (UN) organization that monitors the implementation of the United Nations (UN) drug control conventions.

Succeeding Indian expert Jagjit Pavadia, Toufiq has been a member of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) since 2015, as he was re-elected for a second term during the elections held by the United Nations (UN) Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in May 2019.

Morocco’s presidency of this prestigious United Nations (UN) organization is a recognition of the Kingdom’s contribution to the international debate on implementing international drug control conventions, its constant advocacy for the importance of strengthening sub-regional, regional, and international cooperation, and its recognized actions and sustained efforts in combating the global drug problem.

The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) consists of thirteen members elected by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for a five-year term. Ten members of the Board are elected from a list of government nominees, while the remaining three members are elected from a list of individuals nominated by the World Health Organization (WHO) based on their expertise in medicine, pharmacology, or pharmacy.

The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) publishes an annual report that provides a comprehensive review of the drug control situation in the world, analyzes information shared by Governments, United Nations (UN) bodies, specialized agencies, or other relevant international organizations to ensure that the provisions of the international drug control treaties are properly implemented by Governments, and recommends corrective measures.

The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) is an independent, quasi-judicial expert body that was created as part of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs by merging two bodies: the Standing Central Committee on Narcotic Drugs (1925 International Opium Convention), and the Narcotics Control Board (1931 Convention), to regulate the manufacture and distribution of drugs.

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