NEW YORK, 11th February, 2016 (WAM) — Illicit drugs promote violence, impede sustainable development, endanger communities and undermine people’s health, United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has warned, calling on the global community to weigh every option available to confront the issue.

“This global challenge is interconnected with corruption, terrorism and illicit flows of money,” Mr. Ban told UN officials and delegates at a meeting ahead of a UN General Assembly special session, UNGASS, on the world drug problem in April.

“Those who traffic in illegal drugs may also be involved in human trafficking, kidnapping, firearms smuggling, murder and numerous other crimes. But the world drug problem is also a health problem, linked to overdoses, the ravages of addiction and the spread of HIV and hepatitis,” he added.

The UN General Assembly special session on the world drug problem is scheduled from 19th to 21st April at UN Headquarters in New York. The Assembly previously convened a special session on the issue in 1998.