High-level panel on international drug policy reform at the Paris Peace Forum with Ruth Dreifuss, Chair of the Global Commission

Since the international drug control system was established in the pre-War era, and focused on prohibition in the post-War period with the UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs in 1961, it has consistently sought to enforce a policy of elimination of drugs through repression. This ideological, political and one-sided objective

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Ruth Dreifuss on Medium for the Paris Peace Forum: “We need a cohesive and relevant international drug control system”

Read original article on Medium. The international drug control system is broken. Since this system was established in 1961 with the UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, it has consistently sought to enforce a policy of prohibition, with the aim of eradicating drugs from society. Not only is the failure

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Commissioners Arbour and Gallop in Salon: “It’s time for drug policy reform – in America and across the globe”

Read original article in Salon America’s “war on drugs” has failed. We need more policies that treat drug abuse as a public health issue. Written by: Louise Arbour, Geoff Gallop and Miriam Aroni Krinsky Last week, a Philadelphia judge rejected federal objections to the opening of what will be the

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Ruth Dreifuss on CNN Money Switzerland

On the margins of the Geneva Drug Policy Week, interview with Ruth Dreifuss, Chair of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, on CNN Money Switzerland. Link to video interview.

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Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria, interviewed by Portuguese news agency LUSA

Read original article on RTP. A guerra contra a droga baseada na proibição falhou diz Ex-PR Obasanjo (The war on drugs based on prohibition has failed) O presidente da Comissão Oeste Africana sobre Drogas disse hoje que a guerra contra a droga falhou, defendendo uma nova abordagem que separe traficantes

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Commissioner Ramos-Horta in WSJ International: “Humane Approaches to Drugs – Reducing harms while sparing lives”

Read original article in Wall Street Journal International magazine. by José Ramos-Horta, former President of Timor-Leste and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate The Frenchman Felix Dorfin is the latest of many drug traffickers sentenced to death in Indonesia under the country’s harsh laws on drug trafficking offences. Indonesia is not alone. With a

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Michel Kazatchkine and Mary Chinery-Hesse in EUObserver: “A fundamental contradiction in EU drug policy”

Read original article in EUObserver By Michel Kazatchkine, former director of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy; and Mary Chinery-Hesse, Chancellor of the university of Ghana and member of the West Africa Commission on Drugs. Over the past

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Commissioners Arbour and ElBaradei in The Guardian: “The campaign for a ‘drug-free world’ is costing lives”

Read original article in The Guardian Drug control efforts across the world are a threat to human dignity and the right to life. In 2017, more than 70,000 people died from a drug overdose in the US. Among the reasons for these deaths are the lack of access to health and harm-reduction services,

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Commissioners Dreifuss, Santos and Zedillo, Project Syndicate: “Legalization Is the Only Viable Drug Policy”

Read original article on Project Syndicate After decades of wasted money and lost lives, it is time for governments to stop prosecuting a futile war on psychoactive substances, and instead embrace drug legalization and regulation. Only by taking back control of the drug market from criminals can policymakers begin to

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Commissioner Ramos-Horta in South China Morning Post: “Asia’s brutal drug policies have failed”

Read original article in South China Morning Post. Asia is characterised by some of the world’s harshest approaches to combating illicit use of drugs, an almost entirely one-dimensional security approach as opposed to a more integrated humane, political, social and security approach. The victims are mainly the urban and rural

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