Renuka calls for global action to combat drug trafficking

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New Delhi, Sep 18 (UNI) Minister of State for Women and Child Development Renuka Chowdhury has called for global collective action to combat transnational crime of trafficking and drug abuse.

Addressing first World Forum Against Drugs in Sweden yesterday.

Ms Chowdhury said sustainable intervention and endeavour is the need of the hour to fight against trafficking of women and children and life threatening diseases like AIDS.

Talking about steps being taken to fight drug abuse in India, She said India is signatory to all international conventions and has set up necessary legislative and other structures to fight the drug menace. She also talked about the three interventions being undertaken by the Indian Government to empower women, viz.

reservation in local bodies, gender budgeting and micro-finance. She called on all governments, private agencies and NGOs to work together for a drug-free world.

The three-day long world forum against drugs, was inaugurated by Queen Silvia of Sweden yesterday at Stockholm. Earlier in the day, Ms Chowdhury met Swedish Minister for Elderly Care and Public Health Maria Larsson. During the meeting, both Ministers discussed the possible areas of cooperation between India and Sweden in the area of public health, especially areas like mid-wivery, where both countries can cooperate. Other possible areas of cooperation discussed included adolescent health care, sexual and reproductive health care.

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