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International Advocacy and the 2016 UNGASS on Drugs

UN-HeadquartersHarm Reduction Coalition is active in the shaping of international policy and informing critical discussions in the international arena.

Harm Reduction Coalition are active participants at the UNODC’s annual Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), the Organization of American States (OAS) Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) and regularly partner with like-minded organizations across the world to promote policies that respect the rights and lives of all people who use drugs.

2016 UNGASS on Drugs

In 2016 the United Nations will hold a General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on drugs at UN headquarters in New York. The General Assembly is the key policy making body of the United Nations and all 193 UN member states have equal representation.

The 2016 UNGASS on drugs comes at a time of growing discontent with the current drug control regime.  There is a fracturing consensuses among UN member states about the effectiveness of the current paradigm and increased calls from both member states and civil society to address the unintended consequences of the current drug control regime and to open up the debate to explore alternative approaches.

Harm Reduction Coalition Fact Sheets
International Law Overview: The UN Drug Conventions & The Bolivian Coca Leaf Reservation
How International Law Affects US Drug Laws
Demand Methadone in Russia
Harm Reduction Coalition Podcasts

Drugs in the Americas: Organization of American States (OAS) Slouching Towards Change

Drug decriminalization in Portugal

2014 Commission on Narcotics Drugs (CND) Preview

2013 Commission on Narcotic Drugs: Slow Signs of Change

2012 Commission on Narcotic Drugs: The Wrap Up

Other Resources

How well do international drug conventions protect public health?
Robin Room, Peter Reuter, The Lancet 7 January 2012 (Volume 379 Issue 9810 Pages 84-91 DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(11)61423-2)

Organization of American States (OAS): Scenarios for the drug problem in the Americas 2013-2025

Closed to Reason: The International Narcotics Board (INCB) and HIV/AIDS

INCB Watch: promoting transparency and accountability of the International Narcotics Control Board

Debunking the INCB: US Drug Reform and the International Narcotics Control Board (Video)

Breaking Down the International Consensus on Drugs at the 2014 High-Level Segment of Commission on Narcotic Drugs (Video)

Latin American leaders bring drug policy debate to the UN General Assembly


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