by Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Cesar Gaviria and Ernesto Zedillo Outdated drug policies around the world have resulted in soaring drug-related violence, overstretched criminal justice systems, runaway corruption and mangled democratic institutions. After reviewing the evidence, consulting drug policy experts and examining our own failures on this front while in office, we
by Mario Vargas Llosa, member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy Originally printed in Spanish on Dec. 29, 2013 in El País: Article link Translation by Jorge Herrera Liberty has its risks, and those who believe in it must be willing to run them. This is how the government of José Mujica
On 21 October 2015, Switzerland and Colombia co-chaired an event in Geneva entitled UNGASS on the World Drug Problem: People, Public Health, and Human Rights at the Centre—a High-Level Multi-Stakeholder Perspective, which brought together: Michel Sidibé, Executive Director, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). Marie-Paule Kieny, Assistant Director-General, World
The Mexican Supreme Court today will debate whether access to cannabis is a constitutional right. If they determine that it is, 5 people will be able to grow for their personal use. It will be a small, but highly important step that could set a legal precedent for others. To
Former Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg has joined the Global Commission on Drug Policy, an international group that advocates for drug policy reform on a global level. Nick Clegg joins a host of influential names from business and politics on the Commission, including entrepreneur Richard Branson,
Secretariat member, Khalid Tinasti, along with Commissioners Bem, Grover, Kazatchkine and Dreifuss wrote an opinion article in the Lancet regarding the need to implement drug policy reform in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The article can be read here.
We are pleased to announce that the short animation, Drugo, produced by the Global Commission and Almap BB has won the Cannes Gold Lions award in Animation! You may watch the animation again here. It currently has over 135, 000 views: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csnTAz0Sth8 Media stories on the win can be found here: http://g1.globo.com/economia/midia-e-marketing/noticia/2015/06/brasil-conquista-108-leoes-no-festival-de-publicidade-de-cannes.html
On Friday, 26th June 2015, more than 140 cities around the world will be holding actions to highlight the harm that is being caused by the war on drugs. This Global Day of Action is part of the worldwide Support Don’t Punish campaign which advocates for harm reduction, policy reform,
Commissioner Ruth Dreifuss, former President of Switzerland, recently spoke at the University of Iceland on drug policy reform. Watch the whole speech here.
Economist Films: For 20 years The Economist has led calls for a rethink on drug prohibition. This film looks at new approaches to drugs policy, from Portugal to Colorado. “Drugs: War or Store?” kicks off our new “Global Compass” series, examining novel approaches to policy problems. Global Commission member and