On Monday, March 21, 2011, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) William R. Brownfield spoke to the fifty-three members of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs, observer states, and non-governmental organizations in Vienna, Austria. Assistant Secretary Brownfield took this opportunity to highlight the importance of the UN treaties as a foundation for global cooperation to target crime and drugs, noting that in 2010 the United States provided a total of $34 million to UNODC in support of its efforts to provide technical assistance around the world. This funding represents the U.S. Government’s commitment to the UN Conventions.
While in Vienna, Assistant Secretary Brownfield also met with counternarcotics officials and diplomats from the European Union, Russia, and the United Nations to discuss key drug control initiatives and to introduce the U.S. candidate for the upcoming election to the International Narcotics Control Board, David T. Johnson. Johnson is a former INL Assistant Secretary and U.S. Foreign Service Officer.