Singapore is currently part of the Asia and Pacific Group (APG) at the United Nations and is seeking membership of the CND for the first time.
There are seven APG seats for the 2024-2027 term. Six other countries – India, Indonesia, Qatar, China, Japan and Thailand – have also announced candidature for membership.
The elections for membership will be held in April or May 2023.
The CND, which has a total of 53 members, is responsible for reviewing and analysing the global drug situation, considering drug supply and demand reduction.
The UN body also has the mandate to decide on the scope of control of substances under the three international drug conventions and takes action through resolutions and decisions.
In her video address, Mrs Teo highlighted Singapore’s role in supporting the work of the CND through “active contributions” to global drug policy discourse and the provision of technical assistance to other countries in fighting drug trafficking.
“We are committed to contributing more towards developing evidence-informed and effective global drug control policies,” said Mrs Teo.