Items tagged with UNGASS

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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...
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: 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...
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...
Cross-regional statement on Drugs and Human Rights General Debate [25.09.2014] This is the first member states' crossregional statement on drugs and human rights in the human rights council. Download the Statement .
UN High-Level Segment on Drugs, March 2014 [28.02.2014] On March 13-14, 2014, UN member states will gather in Vienna, Austria, for a High Level Segment of the annual UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND). ...
Kofi Annan: Stop 'war on drugs' [05.11.2013] Each year, hundreds of thousands of people around the world die from preventable drug-related disease and violence. Millions of users are arrested an...
Statement at the 2013 Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) [15.03.2013] Ann Fordham of the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) delivered the NGO Statement to CND Plenary under Item 8: Preparations for the high-lev...
"Impossible" to end drug trade, says Calderón [23.11.2012] Ending the consumption and the trafficking of illegal drugs is “impossible”, according to Felipe Calderón, Mexico’s outgoing president. In an intervi...
The 2009 Commission on Narcotic Drugs [09.04.2009] The 2009 Commission on Narcotic Drugs and its High Level Segment (HLS) marked the end of the 2-year process of the 10-year review of the 1998 United ...
Vienna Consensus on Drug Policy Cracks [07.04.2009] A clear divide in drug control approaches became apparent at the end of the High Level Segment of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) on March 11-...
Why is the outcome of the United Nations drug policy review so weak and inconclusive? [31.03.2009] Political representatives from over 130 countries gathered at a United Nations high level meeting in Vienna on March 11-12, 2009, to conclude a 2-yea...
Round Table on Alternative Development [15.03.2009] The last of the four ‘round tables’ of the high-level segment of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs was devoted to the broad issue of Countering illici...
Global Illicit Drug Markets 1998-2007 [15.03.2009] This report commissioned by the European Commission, found no evidence that the global drug problem has been reduced during the period from 1998 to 2...
Out of ideas and out of touch [09.03.2009] As political leaders from around the world gather in Vienna on 11-12 March to review the last decade of international drug control, and set a framewo...
Political Declaration already ridiculed [08.03.2009] News about the disappointing content of the Political Declaration to be adopted at the High Level Segment of the 52nd Commission on Narcotic Drugs (C...
International Drug Policy: Animated Report 2009 [05.03.2009] Produced by an Oscar-winning studio for the Global Drug Policy Program of the Open Society Institute, International Drug Policy: Animated Report 2009...
Italy breaks ranks [19.02.2009] Marco Perduca and Donatella Poretti, senators of the Radical Party have asked the Italian under-secretary on drug issues, Carlo Giovanardi, if it is ...
UN System-Wide Coherence [16.02.2009] The Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibé, wrote a letter to the delegates negotiating the Political Declaration for the 52nd session of the UN...
Toward a Paradigm Shift [12.02.2009] Prohibitionist policies based on the eradication of production and on the disruption of drug flows as well as on the criminalization of consumption h...
Toward a Paradigm Shift [11.02.2009] The Commission Gathered at its Second Meeting, in Bogota The Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy presented its conclusions at a press co...
Global Fund supports Harm Reduction [09.02.2009] The Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Michel Kazatchkine, urged the president of the UN Commission on Na...
Human Rights Council and drug policy [06.02.2009] The United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture, Professor Manfred Nowak, has called on UN member states to adopt a rights based approach to drug po...
Dutch Remain Firm on Harm Reduction [02.02.2009] “We will be aiming for no less than securing the inclusion of harm reduction in the political declaration by which member states determine internatio...
Europe and US split over drugs policy at UN [30.01.2009] The fight over the introduction of harm reduction in the Political Declaration of the UNGASS review has now reached the newspapers. A report by Reute...
Stop US Delegation in Vienna [29.01.2009] The US delegation in Vienna continues to block any inclusion of harm reduction in the new Political Declaration – to be approved in March 2009 at the...
US Harm Reduction Coalition calls for change [27.01.2009] Nelson Mandela, showing his support for people living with HIV / AIDS Allan Clear of the Harm Reduction Coalition made an urgent appeal on the Obama ...
Harm reduction as part of the solution [23.01.2009] It is still not clear what the drug policy of President Obama will be. He has not appointed his drug czar. Many high-ranking Bush Administration offi...
Lifting the Ban on Harm Reduction [21.01.2009] The Obama White House announced today that the new President supports lifting the federal ban on needle exchange, which could dramatically reduce rat...
The Battle for Harm Reduction [21.01.2009] The issue of harm reduction continues to be controversial during the negotiations in Vienna for the Political Declaration that has to be adopted in M...
UN Human Rights Experts Contribute to UNGASS Review [20.01.2009] December 2008 The United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment – Professor Manfred Nowa...
International Support for Harm Reduction [20.01.2009] A useful overview of UN endorsement of harm reduction measures; the legality of harm reduction services under the Drug Conventions; the obligation in...
UNGASS review reaches critical stage [03.11.2008] Transnational Institute, November 2008 The review of the objectives and action plans agreed at the 1998 UNGASS on Drugs has reached a critical stage....
An Overview of Cannabis Policy [31.10.2008] On October 2, 2008, the Beckley Foundation launched in the House of Lords its Global Cannabis Commission Report, an authoritative guide to the effect...
Beyond 2008: Final Declaration and Resolutions [23.07.2008] The Beyond 2008 NGO Forum was held in Vienna, Austria from July 7-9, 2008. It was the final step in the global consultation of NGOs involved in respo...
Beyond 2008 video [23.07.2008] Wednesday, 23 July 2008 From 7-9 July, 2008, 300 delegates met in Vienna for the Beyond 2008 NGO Forum meant to provide civil society input for the 1...
Experts on Alternative Development meet in Vienna [16.07.2008] From 2-4 July I attended the “open-ended intergovernmental expert working group on international cooperation on the eradication of illicit drug crops...
Beyond 2008 – a truly remarkable event [12.07.2008] Earlier this week, 7-9 July, 300 delegates met in Vienna for the Beyond 2008 NGO Forum meant to provide civil society input for the 10-year UNGASS re...
High Level Meeting on AIDS [11.06.2008] Wednesday 11 June 2008 The 2008 High Level Meeting on AIDS opened on June 10 at the United Nations headquarters in New York under the theme 'Uniting ...
The current state of drug policy debate [09.06.2008] Martin Jelsma, from the Transnational Institute, prepared an analysis for the Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy , explaining the drug ...
Latin America needs a new drug policy approach [02.05.2008] Friday, 2 May 2008 TNI’s Martin Jelsma participated in the inaugural meeting in Rio de Janeiro of the Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democrac...
The 2008 Commission on Narcotic Drugs [13.04.2008] The 51st Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) was designated as the point at which the international community would debate the progress made in the 10...
Missing document [26.03.2008] As we noted previously, Mr. Costa opening speech included some remarkably positive - and in the context of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs - sometim...
Statements at 2008 CND [17.03.2008] Several government and UN officials as well as civil society organisations made interesting statements at the 51st session of the Commission on Narco...
Statement about the coca leaf [11.03.2008] Statement in support of the Bolivian announcement to ask for the un-scheduling of the coca leaf from the list controlled substances of the 1961 UN Si...
UNGASS ten years on [01.03.2008] Weaknesses in the United Nations drug control system have often been identified, related to the functioning of the key organs – the UN Office on Drug...
UN: conflicting views on harm reduction [18.02.2008] Conflicting views and policies within the UN system on harm reduction have become a major concern. Consistency in messages is crucial especially wher...
Invitational Conference Cannabis Policy [12.12.2007] TNI co-signed a letter that was sent to the Dutch Prime Minister and relevant parliamentary commissions, stressing the need for an active Dutch invol...
UNGASS review 2008-2009 [31.03.2007] The 50 th Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), held in Vienna from 12-16 March 2007 was the last such event before the watershed year of 2008, when th...
The 2007 Commission on Narcotic Drugs [16.03.2007] The 50th Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) was the last such event before the watershed year of 2008, when the international community will review p...

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