Side Event at the Human Rights Council: Sept. 28, 2015

The Global Commission will be hosting a side event on the Right to Health: Addressing the Drug Control Barriers Hindering Access to Controlled Medicines in Geneva on September 28. All are invited to attend! 150928-Invitation 30 HRC Side-event.jpg

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SDGs will not be achieved without drug policy reform

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.

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Commissioner Arbour Address in Canada

Commissioner Louise Arbour, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, recently gave a keynote address at a gathering titled, “Charting the Future of Drug Policy in Canada,” held in Toronto last month.  The conference was convened by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition and the International Centre

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Drugo wins the Cannes Gold Lion Award

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

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Support Don’t Punish Events around the World

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,

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Commissioner Dreifuss speech at University of Iceland

Commissioner Ruth Dreifuss, former President of Switzerland, recently spoke at the University of Iceland on drug policy reform. ‪Watch the whole speech here.

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What happened when Portugal decriminalised drugs​?​

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

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Speech of Commissioner Kofi Annan, 68th World Health Assembly

Towards UNGASS 2016: Strengthening a public health approach when addressing the world drug problem 19 May 2015, 18.00, Palais des Nations, Salle VII     Madame Dreifuss, Excellences, Ladies and gentlemen, First of all I would like to thank the eleven governments who organized this meeting for inviting me to

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Russian Drug Czar Recommends Russia Revises Laws that Target Drug Users, Suggests Treatment Instead of Criminalization

Russian paper Kommersant and Ria News report on Russian Drug Control Agency’s (FSKN) Viktor Ivanov call to revise the legal responsibility for possession of drugs without the intent to sell, in the amount sufficient for limited dealing, large-scale dealing, and operating organized networks. Currently, these crimes are viewed as gross

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