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Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Kirsten D. Madison will open and moderate a panel this afternoon on combatting transnational synthetic drug challenges and partnering with the private sector to strengthen our fight against this crisis.  Assistant to the President and Senior Counselor Kellyanne Conway is the featured participant on the panel, which will discuss the newly launched Private Sector Call to Action on the World Drug Problem.  This effort brings together U.S. and international businesses with government authorities to fight the complex, newly emerged synthetic drug threats we see proliferating around the world.

The panel will take place at the Concordia Summit, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meetings in New York.  Senior Vice President Kent Walker from Google and President of the Civil Group Angela Heise from Leidos will represent the private sector on the panel, and address businesses’ role in strengthening their platforms, services, and supply chains to reduce opportunities for criminal exploitation.  Acting DEA Administrator Uttam Dhillon will also participate in the panel.

The Private Sector Call to Action, which can be viewed online here, is a follow-up to the Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem launched last year by President Trump.  Just as 130 countries joined the Global Call, representing a recognition by governments worldwide that the new mode of synthetic drug trafficking is a clear challenge across the globe, the United States looks forward to a large number of companies signing the new Private Sector Call to redouble efforts against this threat.

The panel will constitute a plenary of the 2019 Concordia Annual Summit, and will be livestreamed at  at 4:20 PM (EDT).

For further information, please email or follow INL on Twitter at @StateINL .


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