International Journal of Drug Policy: MENA special issue

Monday June 20, 2016 CONTACT: secretariat@globalcommissionondrugs.org Full report here:http://digitalreprints.elsevier.com/t/183963-ijdp-special-focus-on-middle-east-and-north-africa Experts review drug policy in the Middle East and North Africa, and analyze its impact on public health and human rights After more than a century of drug policies aimed at eliminating drug use in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

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End AIDS by 2030? Not Without Harm Reduction

 02/06/2016 11:27 | Updated 3 hours ago  Dainius Puras UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health, professor of child and adolescent psychiatry and public mental health at Vilnius university  Anand Grover Former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, Designated Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India, Director, Lawyers Collective, India  Paul Hunt Professor, School

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Much ado about nothing? The Global Commission on Drug Policy assessment of UNGASS

Expert guest for PRI Pavel Bém 18th May 2016 Pavel Bém is former Mayor of Prague and a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy,Czech Republic. Here he gives his assessment of April’s UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the world drug problem. The United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on “the world

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CBC Interview with Commissioners Dreifuss, Arbour and Kazatchkine,

Following the UNGASS 2016, Commissioners Dreifuss, Arbour and Kazatchkine spoke with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation regarding the outcomes of the meeting, harm reduction and what to expect beyond UNGASS.  The report is in French. http://ici.radio-canada.ca/emissions/desautels_le_dimanche/2015-2016/archives.asp?date=2016/04/24&indTime=165&idmedia=7493862

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Former Latin American leaders urge world to end war on drugs ‘disaster’

by Alan Yuhas @alanyuhas Three former presidents of Latin American nations have urged the world to end the “unmitigated disaster” of the war on drugs, and denounced the United Nations for secrecy and shortsightedness ahead of the first special assembly on drugs in 18 years. “Outdated drug policies around the world

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The secret to fighting U.S. heroin epidemic by Ruth Dreifuss

Ruth Dreifuss is the former President of Switzerland, serving in 1999. She is a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. (CNN)Drug overdose deaths in the United States have tripled since 2010. And so it makes sense that President

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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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