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UN: 'War on drugs and fight against climate crisis have failed' - Colombia's Petro in General Assembly remark03:33

UN: 'War on drugs and fight against climate crisis have failed' - Colombia's Petro in General Assembly remark

United Nations, New York City
September 20, 2022 at 16:46 GMT +00:00 · Published

Colombian President Gustavo Petro, in a speech to the 76th session of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, called for an end to the "failed" war on drugs and its results in damaging the Amazon rainforest.

"The war on drugs has lasted 40 years. If we do not correct our course and it goes on for another 40 years, the United States will see 2,800,000 young people die of overdoses from fentanyl," he said. "The war on drugs has failed. The fight against the climate crisis has failed. There has been an increase in deadly drug use, from soft drugs to harder ones," he added

According to the Colombian President, the war against drugs has damaged a large part of the Amazon rainforest and killed millions of ordinary people in North and Latin America.

"For destroying or possessing the coca leaf, a million Latin Americans are killed and two million Afro-Americans are imprisoned in North America. Destroy the plant that kills, they shout from the North, but the plant is just one more of the millions that perish when they unleash fire on the jungle," the Colombian President stressed. "Destroying the forest, the Amazon has become the watchword followed by states and businessmen. Never mind the cry of scientists baptising the rainforest as one of the great climatic pillars," he added.

The general debate includes representatives of the UN’s 193 members states, who each get the opportunity to discuss global issues. The final day of the high-level meeting is on September 26.

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Colombian President Gustavo Petro, in a speech to the 76th session of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, called for an end to the "failed" war on drugs and its results in damaging the Amazon rainforest.

"The war on drugs has lasted 40 years. If we do not correct our course and it goes on for another 40 years, the United States will see 2,800,000 young people die of overdoses from fentanyl," he said. "The war on drugs has failed. The fight against the climate crisis has failed. There has been an increase in deadly drug use, from soft drugs to harder ones," he added

According to the Colombian President, the war against drugs has damaged a large part of the Amazon rainforest and killed millions of ordinary people in North and Latin America.

"For destroying or possessing the coca leaf, a million Latin Americans are killed and two million Afro-Americans are imprisoned in North America. Destroy the plant that kills, they shout from the North, but the plant is just one more of the millions that perish when they unleash fire on the jungle," the Colombian President stressed. "Destroying the forest, the Amazon has become the watchword followed by states and businessmen. Never mind the cry of scientists baptising the rainforest as one of the great climatic pillars," he added.

The general debate includes representatives of the UN’s 193 members states, who each get the opportunity to discuss global issues. The final day of the high-level meeting is on September 26.