If the war on drugs is failing, U.N. Assembly doesn’t see it

“The document does not acknowledge the comprehensive failure of the current drug control regime to reduce drug supply and demand,” the Global Commission on Drug Policy said in a statement. “Nor does [it] account for the damaging effects… Advocates for drug reform, who were hoping that a high-level summit this

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The UN has talked about drugs, now what? By Richard Branson

Today, the UN General Assembly’s Special Session (UNGASS) on drug policy reached its conclusion, with the underwhelming and disappointing outcome that had been in the making for months. It’s been like watching a train wreck in slow motion. Image from Drug Policy Alliance The UNGASS outcome document does not call for an

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It’s Time to Abandon the War on Drugs for a Health-Focused Drug Policy by Jorge Sampaio

LISBON, Portugal — Almost no one would disagree with the core principle of “putting people first” — be it when business strategies are at stake or when public policies are being discussed. However, in spite of the undeniably witty mass appeal of this memorable 1992 Clinton presidential campaign slogan, the United Nation’s

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AP article on Global Commission and UNGASS

Associated Press 3-Day UN Special Session on Drug Policy Starts Tuesday Dave Bryan Apr 19, 2016   The first U.N. special session to address global drug policy in nearly 20 years is expected to feature a debate over whether countries should emphasize criminalization and punishment or health and human rights.

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An Interview with Nick Clegg About the Government’s Drug Problem

By Max Daly  April 18, 2016 From the column ‘Narcomania’ For the next three days, the most important meeting on global drug policy since the 1990s will take place in New York. The UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs (UNGASS) will see governments from around the world coming together to discuss

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Former Supreme Court justice among jurists, stars, politicians demanding drug reform

By Andrew Duffy Former Supreme Court Justice Louise Arbour is among a host of international jurists, politicians, celebrities and sports stars to sign a letter that denounces the “disastrous” war on drugs and urges the United Nations to lead the world toward a more enlightened drug policy. “Humankind cannot afford a

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The Global Drug Control System and the SDG’s Agenda: April 20

The Global Commission on Drug Policy cordially invites all those attending the UNGASS 2016 to an official side event titled: The Global Drug Control System and the Sustainable Development Goals’ Agenda. Speakers include the President of the General Assembly, official representatives from Mexico, Uruguay, Switzerland and the United Nations Development Program.  The

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Nick Clegg on Drugs Policy – BBC Newsnight

Commissioner Nick Clegg traveled to Colombia in March 2016 to learn more about the drugs trade from the production side.  He met with people involved in the illicit market, in harm reduction programs and from the government.  Watch the video to learn about how drug policy is changing in production

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Richard Branson on Meet the Press: Time to End ‘Failed’ War on Drugs

Philanthropist and business mogul Sir Richard Branson joins the global fight to end the war on drugs, saying that it has “created untold misery.” Watch the video below to learn more about the need to rethink drug policy on a local, national and international level.   http://www.nbcnews.com/meet-the-press/video/branson-time-to-end-failed-war-on-drugs-664581187694

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Illicit Drugs Are Not the Only Problem — It’s Outdated Drug Policy That Needs Fixing by Fernando Henrique Cardoso

Huffington Post Fernando Henrique Cardoso Former President of Brazil April 11, 2016 São Paulo, Brazil — 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 Latin American presidents — from Colombia, Guatemala and Mexico —

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