Israel led the world in cannabis research—but what could it learn from others about decriminalization?

Opinion piece by Chair Dreifuss and Commissioner Stoltenberg, published in Ha’aretz on Sunday 5 March 2017. Link to article in Hebrew. English version below. Israel led the world in cannabis research—but what could it learn from others about decriminalization? Israel is widely recognized as a global hub for medical cannabis

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Towards a new health diplomacy in eastern Ukraine

Commissioner Kazatchkine writes in The Lancet on the  situation around access to HIV and TB drugs in Eastern Ukraine. Download article

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The Global Commission expresses concern over the arrest of Senator De Lima in the Philippines

PRESS RELEASE GENEVA, 24 February 2017 – On the eve of the 34th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, we have learned with deep concern of the arrest of Senator Leila de Lima, on charges linked to alleged corruption involving inmates incarcerated for drug trafficking. Senator de Lima,

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Interview with César Gaviria

César Gaviria, former President of Colombia and member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy gave an interview to El Papel, Sunday supplement of El Mundo, on his journey advocating for drug policy reform. To read the article in Spanish, click here.

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Drug Control Policy Fuels Social Unrest in Northern Morocco

Khalid Tinasti, Executive Secretary of the Global Commission, writes for the World Policy Institute about the on-going social unrest in the Rif, northern Morocco, after the death of a fisherman late last October, and how that unrest and the general feeling of marginalization is linked to drug control policies that affect

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President Duterte is repeating my mistakes / El presidente Duterte está repitiendo mis errores

Opinion piece in the New York Times, by César Gaviria, former President of Colombia and member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy. Read article in English. Read article in Spanish.  

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Commissioner Sir Richard Branson to receive Peace Summit Award

Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group and member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, this week receives the Peace Summit Award at the 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates for his work in global peace building. Sir Richard Branson has been a member of the Global

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9 former leaders write open letter urging Obama to commute sentences of more low-level drug offenders

Original article by Jeremy Burke on Business Insider A group of former heads of state penned an open letter to President Barack Obama urging him to commute the sentences of more low-level drug offenders in the final days of his presidency. The letter was signed by nine former leaders —

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Open Letter to President Obama

[Published in The Huffington Post, 9 January 2017] Mr. President, We wish to thank you for the great commitment you have shown to revisit the punitive approach to drug policy, particularly with regards to the pardon of low-level drug offenders. These individuals have committed no violent act, yet they have

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Punitive measures do not create a drug-free society

[Read original article in the Bangkok Post, 14 December 2016.] Achieving a society without drugs has been the objective of many countries around the world for many decades, including Asean with its declaration in 1998 for a drug-free region by 2015. Yet drug use prevalence has, at best, remained stable over

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