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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Translation of the UNODC document: “Drug policy provisions from the International Drug Control Conventions”
On March 2014, as part of the preparations for the high-level review on the implementation of the Political Declaration and Plan of Action on International Cooperation towards an Integrated and Balanced Strategy to Counter the World Drug Problem by Member States , UNODC prepared the document “Drug Policy Provisions from the International Drug Control Conventions”. This document is discussing the implications of the three International Conventions for drug policy.
The objective behind this initiative is to enhance a dialogue both at local and regional level, in order to bring about substantial changes in the way conventions are interpreted and implemented by governments.
Does the Special UN General Assembly
launches a substantial shift in drug policy?
The Special UN General Assembly began yesterday April 19, 2016 in New York, about the global drug issue. The UN member states expect that this meeting will be an important milestone in achieving the goals set in the context of an integrated and balanced strategy to counter drugs. A large number of states now openly expresses serious reservations about the current status of control of psychoactive substances and seek new ways of coping. The negotiations are difficult and the UN Commission on Drugs consisting of 54 countries made many efforts to maintain consistency between the Member States.
Global Youth Coalition Consultation compiled by Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) with collaboration from Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy (CSSDP), Students for Sensible Drug Policy UK (SSDP UK), Youth Organisations for Drug Action (YODA), and YouthRIse have released a report detailing the results of a global consultation of thousands of youth across every major world region.
Their aim? To make the youth voice heard at the upcoming UNGASS!
DIOGENIS supports this initiative and signs this position paper.
On the occasion of the UN Special Session of the General Assembly on Drugs (UNGASS 2016), the organization Drug Policy Alliance, brought together more than 1000 distinguised individuals from many countries (including Greece), including, among others, the former presidents of Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Chile, Nigeria, Cape Verde, Switzerland and Netherlands, the former Prime Ministers of Greece, Hungary and Netherlands together with renowned academics, lawyers, clergy, Entrepreneurs, heretics, Celebrities and call for alternatives proposals against punitive policies to control psychoactive substances.
“Humankind cannot afford a 21st century drug policy as ineffective and counter-productive as the last century’s. A new global response to drugs is needed, grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights”, says the joint letter.