Items tagged with 2016 UNGASS

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Will UNGASS 2016 be the beginning of the end for the ‘war on drugs’? [16.03.2016] In April 2016, the UN will dedicate, for the third time in its history, a United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) to discuss global ...
Canadian official causes stir with ‘progressive’ speech at UN narcotics conference [15.03.2016] The Liberal government used its first foray into the global anti-narcotics arena this week to signal a clear shift away from the war-on-drugs philoso...
The United Nations is supposed to be negotiating a solution to the ‘world drug problem’, and it’s not going well [15.03.2016] This April, the UN General Assembly Special Session on drugs will convene in New York – seen by many as a possible breaking point for the global drug...
Opponents of the War on Drugs are not satisfied with the UN's plan to end it [13.03.2016] After decades of prohibition, 2016 could be the year governments around the world admit that the war on drugs has failed. Or, just as easily, they co...
The UNGASS outcome document: Diplomacy or denialism? [13.03.2016] Drug policy expertise and impacted communities from around the world express serious concerns about the preparations and already-drafted outcomes for...
Unravelling the human cost of global drug policy [13.03.2016] The international drug control system has caused much greater damage than the substances it targets. Gross human rights violations have been committe...
Three leaders from Latin America call for decriminalizing drug use [11.03.2016] Outdated drug policies around the world have resulted in soaring drug-related violence, overstretched criminal justice systems, runaway corruption an...
Striving for system-wide coherence [11.03.2016] In April 2016, the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) will convene its 30th Special Session (or ‘UNGASS’) – and the third to focus on the ‘w...
Top US international drug official signals green light for countries to decriminalize [09.03.2016] William Brownfield, Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, gave a qualified go-ahead for countries to ...
UNGASS 2016: Prospects for Treaty Reform and UN System-Wide Coherence on Drug Policy [29.02.2016] This paper explores key lessons from the 1990 Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly on Drug Abuse (UNGASS 1990) and the 1998 Special...
Lift the Ban! [22.02.2016] In my experience, good public policy is best shaped by the dispassionate analysis of what in practice has worked, or not. Policy based on common assu...
UNGASS 2016: What prospect for change? [18.02.2016] With the UN’s drug control policy setting bathed in opaque diplomatic light, civil society advocates are left looking for the subtleties of language ...
Elite ‘African Group’ in Vienna undermines AU drug policy [06.02.2016] South Africa’s mission in Vienna submitted a minority reactionary “African Group” (AG) position on drug policy to the United Nations, despite the Afr...
West Africa: Forging a West African consensus on UNGASS [31.01.2016] A news story cited Ghana's Deputy Superintendent of Police, David Selom Hukportie, as bemoaning the formidable challenges he faces trying to destroy ...
A new deal on drugs is as vital as a climate change accord [30.01.2016] Standing on the podium at the United Nations in New York in June 1998, Kofi Annan declared: "It is time for all nations to say 'yes' to the challenge...
2015 the Year of Ganja in Jamaica [29.01.2016] The issue of ganja played very prominently in Jamaica in 2015 with some advocates trumpeting the dawn of a “new green golden kingdom”, while some opp...
Opium poppy farmers reject crop ban, war on drugs [25.01.2016] Opium poppy farmers from Myanmar attending an international conference on “prohibited plants” have rejected a ban on growing their crops and urged an...
A war on drugs? We'd be better off paying for a war on hunger [20.01.2016] Global drug control policies, much like tax or climate change, impact heavily on many areas of development and inevitably on efforts to meet many of ...
The Heemskerk Declaration [20.01.2016] In a global meeting small scale farmers of cannabis, coca and opium from 14 countries in Heemskerk, the Netherlands, discussed their contribution to ...
UNGASS 2016: Change to global drug policy unlikely [22.12.2015] Next year's United Nation's General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem is, by UN standards, set to be controversial. But it is unlike...
As UNGASS approaches, yet another devastating UN critique of the drug war is published [08.12.2015] A significant positive outcome has already emerged from next year’s UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on drugs in the form of much more di...
Supporting the process towards UNGASS 2016 [21.11.2015] The Cartagena Dialogue – organized by four governments and four civil society organizations, with the participation of 79 official and non-government...
UNGASS 2016: Background memo on the proposal to establish an expert advisory group [14.11.2015] Significant changes in the global drug policy landscape are shaping up in the UNGASS 2016 preparations, in the direction of more humane and proportio...
New UN think-tank report: What comes after the War on Drugs? [02.11.2015] The UN's own thinktank, the United Nations University (UNU), published a report entitled What Comes After the War on Drugs? that argues that UNGASS 2...
IDPC response to the 2014 Annual Report of the International Narcotics Control Board [07.10.2015] The advent of regulated cannabis markets in Uruguay and some US states over the past few years has constituted a profound shock to the international ...
Oregon marijuana legalization challenges US drug policy [02.10.2015] Oregon joined Colorado and Washington in implementing a commercial cannabis market. Alaska, which also legalized marijuana through a ballot initiativ...
Nick Clegg launches campaign to persuade EU leaders to back reform of drug laws [01.10.2015] Nick Clegg is launching a campaign to persuade EU leaders to back global reform of drugs laws, warning that the current punitive approach has failed ...
IDPC recommendations for the "ZERO DRAFT" of the UNGASS outcome document [22.07.2015] Preparations are gathering pace for the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on drugs, to be held on the 19th to 21st April 2016 ...
Civil society urges EU leadership on drug policy ahead of UNGASS [20.07.2015] The Budapest Group is a network of European NGOs working in the field of drug policy reform, including Harm Reduction International, the Global Drug ...
The 2015 Commission on Narcotic Drugs [14.06.2015] The international drug control regime is facing the most profound challenge of its existence. Member states have for some time been experimenting wit...
Lib Dem leadership candidate Norman Lamb calls for cannabis legalisation [31.05.2015] The Liberal Democrat leadership candidate Norman Lamb has called for the UK to legalise, regulate and tax the sale of cannabis. The former care minis...
Latin America rethinks drug policies [26.05.2015] During the 1980s and 1990s, as the United States battled the scourge of cocaine throughout the hemisphere, Washington did most of the talking. Latin ...
Minister Golding addresses UN Debate on international drug policy [07.05.2015] Senator Mark Golding, minister of justice, participated in a plenary session with several UN member states at the United Nations in a High Level Them...
The wars don’t work [01.05.2015] In the West few politicians have been ready to admit the drug war’s failure —even as they quietly moderate their policy. They need to be honest with ...
Improving global drug policy: Comparative perspectives and UNGASS 2016 [28.04.2015] As the world prepares for the 2016 Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS 2016), an increasing numb...
UNGASS 2016: Prospects for Treaty Reform and UN System-Wide Coherence on Drug Policy [28.04.2015] This paper explores key lessons from the 1990 Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly on Drug Abuse (UNGASS 1990) and the 1998 Special...
2016: The UN's year to take on drugs [26.04.2015] Global disagreement over drug policies provides an important opportunity to reconsider the effectiveness of existing counternarcotics policies, addre...
Caribbean Drug Policy Dialogue 2015 San Juan (Puerto Rico) [24.04.2015] Focusing on the Caribbean region, the thirteenth Informal Drug Policy Dialogue in Latin America, was held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, from 23-25 April ...
The Road to UNGASS 2016 [14.04.2015] On 19th to 21st April 2016, there will be a United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) held in New York, dedicated to the issue of drug...
Video report of the UN drug debate [08.04.2015] This March, our video advocacy team attended the 58 th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, the largest drug policy gathering in the world, t...
"There must be no new thinking and no new ideas" [01.04.2015] "There must be no new thinking and no new ideas." This statement is not necessarily one that you might expect from an intergovernmental forum on a ho...
Another UN agency savages the drug war [16.03.2015] The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the UN agency charged with developing strategies to reduce global poverty, has strongly criticised c...
The UN’s prohibitionism impedes drug policy reform [16.03.2015] The U.N. commission on drugs insists that the ultimate goal of its prohibitionist drug policy is to ensure “the mental and physical health and welfar...
Conditioning Alternative Development to previous eradication should be abandoned [12.03.2015] Conditioning Alternative Development (AD) participation to previous eradication should be abandoned as a policy, since it has proved to be counterpro...
TNI calls for a wide-ranging and open debate that considers all options at UNGASS 2016 [11.03.2015] Just over one year away from the 2016 UNGASS, denying the reality that the drug policy landscape has fundamentally changed and that tensions with the...
Global Forum of Producers of Prohibited Plants (GFPPP) [09.03.2015] The undersigned, constituting "The Steering Committee", acting on behalf of small farmers (families) of controlled plants, from all geographical regi...
UN special envoy: ‘The current international control system for drugs has failed’ [03.03.2015] Marijuana will become an unavoidable policy issue for health watchdogs in coming years. Growing scientific evidence about the medical benefits and a ...
The United Nations General Assembly Special Session on drugs in 2016 [16.02.2015] In April 2016, representatives of the world’s nations will gather to evaluate drug policy in a United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGAS...
The road to the UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs in 2016 [27.01.2015] UN forums in recent years have witnessed more and more governments expressing their frustrations with the failing global war on drugs. This failure g...
Drugs and development: The great disconnect [31.12.2014] This report argues that ‘drugs’ are a development issue and must be recognised as such by development agencies. The cultivation of opium poppy, coca ...

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