Vienna/Information Office/ 15 March 2016/ Qatar confirmed that its commitment to implementing the three international drug control treaties in effective bilateral, regional and international cooperation to deal with the illicit drug trafficking has achieved impressive successes at the national level. This came in a speech of the State of Qatar delivered by HE Ali Khalfan Al Mansouri, Qatar's Ambassador to the Republic of Austria and Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna, during the fifty-ninth session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs. HE Al Mansouri said Qatar gave preventive policies and programs top priority to fortify the community, especially the youth, through education, awareness and warning of falling into the clutches of this scourge, which has been proven that ignorance of its effects is a key cause of its spread. Al Mansouri said that the global drug problem still poses a serious threat to public health and safety and human well-being as well as it undermines pillars of sustainable development, political stability and democratic institutions. He went on to say that it also threatens the national security of nations and the rule of law, adding that under this assessment the illicit drug trafficking, is a very serious crime, with an emphasis on principle towards identification and classification of crimes. saying is a responsibility of the member states. Al Mansouri expressed Qatar's appreciation for the pivotal role of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Commission on Narcotic Drugs as the United Nations bodies charged with the primary responsibility in the fight against drugs and called for strengthening their role and capabilities in providing technical support to the member states.