Belgian appointed President of the International Narcotics Control Board

date: 10 May 2012

On Tuesday 8 May 2012 in Vienna, Belgian citizen Raymond Yans was elected President of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB).

Established in 1968, the INCB is an independent and quasi-judicial monitoring body financed by the United Nations. It is tasked with monitoring the application of international treaties relating to drug control.

The INCB identifies weaknesses that exist in control systems for the illicit manufacture of, trafficking in and use of drugs and contributes to correcting these. In addition, the INCB endeavours, in cooperation with Governments, to ensure that adequate supplies of drugs are available for medical and scientific uses and that the diversion of drugs from licit sources to illicit channels does not occur.

Born in 1948 and holding a degree in Germanic philology and in philosophy, Raymond Yans has a long international career under his belt. He has contributed to many international seminars on the issue of drug control and has been a member of the INCB since 2007.