Civil Society Forum on Drugs addresses key recommendations to the HDG on the draft declaration of the 2019 CND Ministerial Segment

From 14-22 March, the annual meeting of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) is organized in Vienna, this year focusing on the assessment of the UN’s 10-year program on drug policy (2009-2019) and the debate on whether or not to adopt a new declaration for the next decade. This session will also decide whether to approve or not the changes proposed by the World Health Organization regarding the legal status of cannabis.

As UN member states are currently negotiating the declaration to be adopted at the 2019 UN Ministerial Segment on drugs, the Civil Society Forum on Drugs (CSFD) -in which organization Diogenis participates as a member –  wishes to offer the following recommendations to the EU and its member states, with the hope that these will be helpful for the next stage of the negotiations process.

More specifically, the CSFD calls “on the EU and its member states to continue to champion the fundamental principles of evidence, human rights, health, development, and the role of civil society throughout the negotiations process – and to continue to promote UNGASS implementation and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the basis for the post-2019 global drug strategy. As such, the CSFD believes that it would be counterproductive to adopt a resolution that significantly rolls back on progress made at the 2016 UNGASS. This means that, as the negotiations continue in the next few weeks, a decision might need to be made as to whether no consensus – and no declaration in March – is preferable to a weak outcome that would reverse the hard-fought gains of the UNGASS. That being said, we remain at your disposal for further discussions, or requests for specific language that would be helpful to the negotiations”

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Human Rights Day: Persons Who Use Drugs Count!

On the occasion of the Human Rights Day (December 10th), organization “Diogenis – Drug Policy Dialogue”, concludes its awareness campaign entitled “Persons Who Use Drugs Count”. This year we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the UN General Assembly in 1948.

Worldwide, we have seen large-scale abuses of international human rights in the name of the drug control system. The “Persons Who Use Drugs Count” campaign, is calling for a drug policy focused on human rights, where the epicenter is the human being and its fundamental needs, ensuring that “no one is left behind”.

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“Diogenis” is candidate for the Bravo Sustainable Awards!

“Diogenis Drug Policy Dialogue” has the honor of being a Bravo! Sustainable Awards 2018 candidate, in the category Bravo Society with the action “SDGs and Drugs: Policies for Development and Harm Reduction” that was implemented in the period 1/12/2016 – 31/5/2017, under the LADDER program.
You can see the descrepcion of the action description, the 7 SDGs associated with it and post your vote at the following link:

The Bravo! initiative, is a systematic Social Dialogue based on the Sustainable Development Initiatives developed in our country by Businesses, Local Government Organizations and Civil Society Organizations. Initiatives and programs that promote the improvement of Quality of Life and the development of standards of responsible behavior at a collective and individual level in Greece. In order to create a wider culture of Sustainable Development, Responsible Entrepreneurship and Social Responsibility issues, the Bravo Dialogue Institution is developing a platform for dialogue, information and open consultation with the participation of a large group of Social Partners. All participants in the Institution are informed, are developing dialogue and highlighting the best initiatives implemented by BUSINESS – LOCAL AUTHORITIES – NGOs, and support the five pilars of Sustainable Development: Governance, Market, Environment, Society, In Action.

Your vote is of extreme importance, because we believe that no one should be left behind!

Drug policy after the UNGASS 2016

Heads of State, ministers and representatives of member states assembled at United Nations Headquarters from 19 to 21 April 2016, recognized that, “while tangible progress has been achieved in some fields, the world drug problem continues to present challenges to the health, safety and well-being of all humanity” and declared to “reinforce national and international efforts to face those challenges”.

An article by Thanasis Apostolou, Director of NGO Diogenis – Drug Policy Dialogue.

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