Items tagged with 2016 UNGASS

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The UN Drug Control Conventions [31.12.2019] For more than ten years, TNI’s Drugs & Democracy programme has been studying the UN drug control conventions and the institutional architecture of th...
What comes next? Post-UNGASS options for 2019/2020 [27.11.2016] The UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on drugs – held in New York in April 2016 – was hailed as an opportunity for the international commu...
IDPC response to the 2015 Annual Report of the International Narcotics Control Board [28.09.2016] The Annual Report of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB or Board) for 2015 is, like the broader international drug policy debate, colour...
The United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the World Drug Problem [31.08.2016] In October 2012, the governments of Colombia, Guatemala and Mexico issued a joint declaration calling for a UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGA...
UNGASS 2016: A Broken or B-r-o-a-d Consensus? [05.07.2016] A special session of the General Assembly took place in April revealing a growing divergence in the global drug policy landscape. Difficult negotiati...
The human rights 'win' at the UNGASS on drugs that no one is talking about, and how we can use it [09.05.2016] The April 2016 UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the world drug problem offered a unique opportunity to re-examine the approach of puni...
Rethinking drug prohibition on a global scale [01.05.2016] Last month, the United Nations General Assembly met for the first time in history to reconsider international drug prohibition with an eye toward pol...
Lack of progress and transparency at the UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs [26.04.2016] The first meeting of UNGASS since 1998 was supposed to be a game changer in prodding the lumbering and often draconian UN drug policy regime into ser...
New agreement brings no end to war on drugs in ASEAN [26.04.2016] The outcome of the UN General Assembly Special Session on drugs in New York resulted in an outcome document that brings little new to the table. Nang...
Rethinking the global war on drugs [25.04.2016] The U.S. is in the untenable position of violating the existing treaties — now that four states have legalized the sale of recreational marijuana. Th...
Mexico's president proposes legalising medical marijuana [21.04.2016] Following his statement at the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) in which he called for more prevention, partial decriminaliza...
Global Commission slams UNGASS 2016 outcome that strains the credibility of international law [20.04.2016] At a packed press conference in Manhattan, a formidable panel – including former presidents of Mexico, Colombia and Switzerland, a former chairman of...
Jamaica dropped the mic on 4/20 and told the UN to get its act together on weed [20.04.2016] On 4/20, the unofficial holiday celebrated by marijuana enthusiasts around the world, Jamaica called for the UN to review the status of cannabis, que...
TNI at UNGASS 2016: reports from New York [20.04.2016] The Transnational Institute (TNI) attended the 30th session of the UN General Assembly Special Session on the world drug problem in New York from the...
Cannabis and the Conventions: UNGASS and Beyond [19.04.2016] With an increasing number of jurisdictions enacting or contemplating reforms creating legal access to cannabis for purposes other than exclusively "m...
Colombian president: persisting with prohibitionist drug policies is 'insane' [19.04.2016] Colombia’s president, Juan Manuel Santos, has said it is "insane" to keep approaching the global narcotics problem with the same failed policies of t...
Remarks Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights [19.04.2016] "When drugs are decriminalised and health care, including harm reduction, is available, which is the case in a number of Member States, drug dependen...
Russia's 'cold turkey' approach highlights global divide over drug treatment at UN [19.04.2016] As international leaders debated global drug law at the United Nations, a bizarre panel on heroin treatment showed just how divided countries are ove...
Weed and the UN: Why international drug laws won't stop legalization [19.04.2016] Under the outcome document for UNGASS that was drafted by diplomats in Vienna and formally adopted at UN headquarters in New York, weed still remains...
To win the war on drugs, stop brutalising farmers who grow them [19.04.2016] Reform of international drug control is urgently needed. The war on drugs has left a trail of suffering and criminality in its wake and has manifestl...
UN backs prohibitionist drug policies despite call for more 'humane solution' [19.04.2016] The 2016 UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) has approved an agreement that leaves in place the prohibitionist policies banning narcotics us...
Cannabis Science and Policy Summit 2016 [16.04.2016] With California and other states likely to vote on full cannabis legalization, decisions made in 2016 may well shape the future of cannabis policy fo...
Open letter to UN chief calls for global drug policy shift [14.04.2016] An open letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon signed by more than 1,000 people, including financier Warren Buffett, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren...
‘Addicted to punishment' [13.04.2016] Latin American leaders may be patting themselves on the back for engineering next week’s Special Session of the UN General Assembly in New York to re...
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 ...
Canada on drugs at the UN: Standing up for a long-overdue policy shift [12.04.2016] The applause persisted until the chair of the session eventually gavelled it to an end. The occasion? Canada’s statement at the UN Commission on Narc...
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...
Panama Papers demonstrate need to reopen UNGASS 2016 outcome document [08.04.2016] The Panama Papers, a massive leak of confidential documents from Mossack Fonseca, a law firm in Panama that helped wealthy clients and money laundere...
Drug expert says Australia's presence at UN summit a waste of money [07.04.2016] The president of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation, Dr Alex Wodak, has questioned Australia’s attendance at the special session of the United...
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 ...
Medical experts call for global drug decriminalisation [24.03.2016] An international commission of medical experts is calling for global drug decriminalisation, arguing that current policies lead to violence, deaths a...
Five former presidents demand an end to the war on drugs [23.03.2016] As the drug war has rumbled on, with little to show for all the money and violence, its critics have become a more diverse. The latest broadside agai...
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 ...
TNI at CND 2016: reports from Vienna [21.03.2016] The Transnational Institute (TNI) attended the 59th session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna from the 14-22nd March. The CND negotiat...
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 ...

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