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|Press Release No: UNIS/NAR/688|
|Release Date: 16 May 2000|
|International Narcotics Control Board Elects New President|
VIENNA, 16 May (UN Information Service) — Dr. Hamid Ghodse, an international drug control expert from Iran and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of London, was elected as the new President of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) as it began its 68th session here yesterday.
Dr. Ghodse has been a member of the INCB since 1992 and was elected President of the Board in 1993, 1994, 1997 and 1998. He has served as a director and consultant for a number of regional addiction treatment and research bodies in the United Kingdom as well as an expert and advisor for a number of international forums. He is an editor of several scientific periodicals on psychiatry, substance misuse and addiction. He is also the author of over 200 scientific papers on drug-related issues and addiction.
The Board also elected Herbert S. Okun (United States) as First Vice-President, Edouard A. Babayan (Russian Federation) as Second Vice-President and Chairman of the Standing Committee on Estimates and Jacques Franquet (France) as Rapporteur. The officers serve in their individual expert capacity and are elected for a one year term.
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