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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President Gaviria interview with the CBC

President Gaviria spoke with the CBC on the failures of the war on drugs and possible drug policy reforms.  Watch the full video here.      

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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 “Outdated drug policies around the world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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The hardline approach to drugs must end by Richard Branson

The declaration of the UN general assembly special session (UNgass) on drugs agreed this week is long on rhetoric and short on substance. Many key issues are missing. It does not call for an end to criminalization and incarceration and capital punishment for drug-related offenses. It fails to request the World Health

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Global Commission Slams UNGASS 2016 Outcome That Strains the Credibility of International Law

by Will Godfrey April 21, 2016 At a packed press conference in Manhattan this morning, a formidable panel—including former presidents of Mexico, Colombia and Switzerland, a former chairman of the US Federal Reserve, a former UK deputy prime minister and entrepreneur Richard Branson—declared itself “profoundly disappointed” by the failure of the UNGASS 2016

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21 April 2016: Global Commission Slams UNGASS 2016 Outcome That Strains the Credibility of International Law

by Will Godfrey April 21, 2016 http://theinfluence.org/global-commission-slams-an-ungass-2016-outcome-that-strains-the-credibility-of-international-law/ At a packed press conference in Manhattan this morning, a formidable panel—including former presidents of Mexico, Colombia and Switzerland, a former chairman of the US Federal Reserve, a former UK deputy prime minister and entrepreneur Richard Branson—declared itself “profoundly disappointed” by the failure of the UNGASS

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21 April 2016: Decriminalize all drugs, business and world leaders tell UN

Leaders of Global Commission on Drug Policy including Richard Branson and three ex-presidents say special session on drug policy was ‘fatally flawed’ Jessica Glenza at the United Nations April 21, 2016 http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/21/un-special-session-global-drug-policy-failure-critics-say A British billionaire, three former presidents and a renowned Aids researcher have called for all drugs to be decriminalized

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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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