Items tagged with UN drug control

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Ahead of a key meeting, Russia is driving global drug policy into the ground [13.04.2016] As the first major global meeting on drug policy in two decades approaches, Russia is quietly emerging as a powerful force working to perpetuate the ...
UNGASS 2016: Watershed event or wasted opportunity? [12.04.2016] At about two o'clock in the morning on March 23rd, after tense negotiations in Vienna, the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) reached a disappoint ...
Illicit drugs are not the only problem [10.04.2016] Next week the United Nations is convening the largest gathering on drug policy that the world has seen in two decades. It was the brainchild of three ...
The old global consensus on the war on drugs is crumbling [09.04.2016] Once a decade, the United Nations organizes a meeting where every country in the world comes together to figure out what to do about drugs — and up t ...
The UN’s war on drugs is a failure [02.04.2016] A policy of prohibition has put the drugs trade in the hands of criminals and led to suffering for millions. 2008 was the year that the world didn’t ...
This UN summit could finally end the war on drugs [23.03.2016] Next month, the 193 member states of the United Nations will meet to talk about drugs. The last time this happened, in 1998, the summit ended with a ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
The history of cannabis and international control [02.03.2016] This timeline draws on The Rise and Decline of Cannabis Prohibition, a report that described the history of international control, how cannabis was i ...
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 ...
See inside the Himalayan villages that grow cannabis [31.01.2016] Cannabis is illegal in India, but many villagers have turned to charas manufacturing out of financial necessity. “Nearly 400 of the 640 districts in ...
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 ...
Legalizing pot in Canada will run afoul of global treaties, Trudeau warned [04.01.2016] The Liberal government will have to do substantial work on the international stage before it can follow through on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s pr ...
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 ...
Decriminalise drugs to meet users' right to good health, says UN official [09.12.2015] All drug use should be decriminalised and possession made free from the threat of lengthy prison terms, the UN’s special rapporteur on the right to h ...
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 ...
Govt urged to secure share of international ganja market [15.11.2015] President of the Westmoreland Hemp and Ganja Farmers Association Ras Iyah is urging the Government of Jamaica to "align" with other countries to secu ...
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 ...
US endorses Mexico’s marijuana legalization ruling [08.11.2015] The United States has backed a decision made by Mexico’s Supreme Court that paves the way for the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes ...
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 ...
UN agency urged to publish leaked paper backing drug legalisation [21.10.2015] Delegates at the 2015 Harm Reduction Conference in Malaysia called on the United Nations drugs agency to officially release a leaked paper detailing ...
The truth behind the UNODC's leaked decriminalisation paper [20.10.2015] The UN Office on Drugs and Crime has responded to the 'leak' of its paper calling for the decriminalisation of drug possession for personal use. The ...
UN attempt to decriminalise drugs foiled [19.10.2015] A paper from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has been withdrawn after pressure from at least one country. The document, which was leaked, re ...
UN poised to call for decriminalisation of drugs, says Richard Branson [19.10.2015] The United Nations is on the verge of issuing a call for all governments to decriminalise the possession and use of all drugs, according to businessm ...
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 ...
World drug problem violates human rights in five key areas, says UN official [27.09.2015] The global drug problem violates human rights in five key areas – the right to health, the rights relating to criminal justice and discrimination, th ...
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 ...
International Law and Drug Policy Reform [03.07.2015] Drug policy reform is currently higher on the international agenda than it has been in recent memory. With a United Nations General Assembly Special ...
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 ...
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 new drug warriors [01.05.2015] The war on drugs is edging towards a truce. Half of Americans want to lift the ban on cannabis. America’s change of heart has led many to wonder if t ...
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 t ...
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 ...
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 58th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, the largest drug policy gathering in the world, to ...
Dr. Lochan Naidoo - A frank conversation about drugs [29.03.2015] The President of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), Dr Lochan Naidoo, became a member of International Doctors for Healthier Drug Poli ...
Jamaica to lead charge to change int'l treaties on marijuana [17.03.2015] Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Anthony Hylton, says Jamaica intends to lead a charge in the United Nations to effect changes to the i ...
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 ...
CND 2015 Side Event: E-Book of Authorities [11.03.2015] The “E-Book of Authorities” is a civil society-led project to catalogue agreed UN statements and language on a selection of key topics. It aims to sh ...
Drug policy innovations in the Americas [11.03.2015] In recent years, the Americas have been at the forefront of calls for a meaningful review of traditional approaches to drug control based on tough la ...
The war on ketamine [08.03.2015] In a dispute that pits the war on drugs against global health needs — and one UN agency against another — a pair of Canadian researchers is spearhead ...
The ketamine controversy, continued [06.03.2015] The Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna will decide next week between two opposite proposals by China and the WHO about international contro ...
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 ...
UN drugs body warns US states and Uruguay over cannabis legalisation [03.03.2015] The United Nations has renewed its warnings to Uruguay and the US states of Colorado and Washington that their cannabis legalisation policies fail to ...

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