Time for the United Nations to get serious about global drug policy

by Richard Branson The wind of change is in the air. Next month, the United Nations is convening a major summit to discuss the future of global drug policy. The stated goal of the United Nations General Assembly Special Session, or UNGASS, is to review the world’s drug control regime.

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Commission wants UN to adopt alternative drug policies

By DAVE BRYAN Mar. 11, 2016 11:11 AM EST UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations has a golden opportunity to promote alternate approaches to global drug policy next month when it meets in New York for a special session, but a high-profile commission said Friday that the work leading up

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Op-Ed Three leaders from Latin America call for decriminalizing drug use

by Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Cesar Gaviria and Ernesto Zedillo Outdated drug policies around the world have resulted in soaring drug-related violence, overstretched criminal justice systems, runaway corruption and mangled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

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Lift the Ban! Kofi Annan on Why It’s Time To Legalize Drugs

Essay by Kofi Annan Corbis: A marijuana drying room in Denver, Colorado: The war on drugs is, to a significant degree, a war on drug users — a war on People. Drugs are dangerous, but current narcotics policies are an even bigger threat because punishment is given a greater priority than

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The Uruguayan Example

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

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Ungass On The World Drug Problem: People, Public Health And Human Rights At The Centre

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

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President Gaviria’s op-ed in El País

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

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Nick Clegg joins the Global Commission on Drug Policy

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,

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NEW REPORT: Access to Controlled Medicines

The Global Commission on Drug Policy will launch it’s third thematic report on October 19, 2015 in Kuala Lumpur at the International Harm Reduction Conference.  Check back here to download the report!  

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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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