Items tagged with UN drug control

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Human Rights and drug policy [01.01.2020] The Transnational Institute (TNI) has always believed in the need to find global answers to global problems, been a strong defender of multilateralis...
The UN Drug Control Conventions [31.12.2019] For more than ten years, TNI’s Drugs & Democracy programme has been studying the UN drug control conventions and the institutional architecture of th...
What comes next? Post-UNGASS options for 2019/2020 [27.11.2016] The UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on drugs – held in New York in April 2016 – was hailed as an opportunity for the international commu...
Deaths involving fentanyl rise as curbing illicit supply proves tough [17.11.2016] To get in front of production, the State Department and a group of U.S. senators asked the United Nations in October to add to the list of tightly co...
Cannabis and Cannabis Resin [13.10.2016] The scheduling under the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs assumes a scientific justification. However, cannabis and cannabis resin have never been...
Canada faces choice on international drug treaties over legalized pot [02.10.2016] As Canada moves forward with its plan to legalize marijuana, government officials have at least one international conundrum to sort out: what to do a...
IDPC response to the 2015 Annual Report of the International Narcotics Control Board [28.09.2016] The Annual Report of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB or Board) for 2015 is, like the broader international drug policy debate, colour...
Ketamine should be kept off worldwide illegal drugs list, doctors say [02.09.2016] The powerful tranquiliser ketamine should be kept off a worldwide illegal drugs list despite it being abused by clubbers, doctors are arguing. They s...
The United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the World Drug Problem [31.08.2016] In October 2012, the governments of Colombia, Guatemala and Mexico issued a joint declaration calling for a UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGA...
Duterte ready to answer UN queries on drug killings [22.08.2016] President Duterte dared United Nations (UN) experts to come to the Philippines and face him in a public meeting where he would answer all their quest...
Too near our doorsteps: guns and the war on drugs [02.08.2016] The spate of killings in the Phillipines has clearly drawn the divide – on the surface, between the rich and poor, but at the core, between those who...
Dr Gandhi to move Bill to legalise recreational drugs [12.07.2016] Patiala MP Dr Dharamvira Gandhi said that he was working on an amendment to Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance (NDPS) Act 1985 of India to leg...
UNGASS 2016: A Broken or B-r-o-a-d Consensus? [05.07.2016] A special session of the General Assembly took place in April revealing a growing divergence in the global drug policy landscape. Difficult negotiati...
Cannabis Regulation and the UN Drug Treaties [16.06.2016] As jurisdictions enact reforms creating legal access to cannabis for purposes other than exclusively “medical and scientific,” tensions surrounding t...
New Report Offers Strategies for Regulating Cannabis in Ways that Uphold and Modernize International Law [16.06.2016] As an increasing number of jurisdictions consider whether and how to legalize and regulate access to cannabis, tensions are growing between these ini...
The human rights 'win' at the UNGASS on drugs that no one is talking about, and how we can use it [09.05.2016] The April 2016 UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the world drug problem offered a unique opportunity to re-examine the approach of puni...
Rethinking drug prohibition on a global scale [01.05.2016] Last month, the United Nations General Assembly met for the first time in history to reconsider international drug prohibition with an eye toward pol...
Lack of progress and transparency at the UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs [26.04.2016] The first meeting of UNGASS since 1998 was supposed to be a game changer in prodding the lumbering and often draconian UN drug policy regime into ser...
Rethinking the global war on drugs [25.04.2016] The U.S. is in the untenable position of violating the existing treaties — now that four states have legalized the sale of recreational marijuana. Th...
Global Commission slams UNGASS 2016 outcome that strains the credibility of international law [20.04.2016] At a packed press conference in Manhattan, a formidable panel – including former presidents of Mexico, Colombia and Switzerland, a former chairman of...
TNI at UNGASS 2016: reports from New York [20.04.2016] The Transnational Institute (TNI) attended the 30th session of the UN General Assembly Special Session on the world drug problem in New York from the...
Cannabis and the Conventions: UNGASS and Beyond [19.04.2016] With an increasing number of jurisdictions enacting or contemplating reforms creating legal access to cannabis for purposes other than exclusively "m...
Remarks Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights [19.04.2016] "When drugs are decriminalised and health care, including harm reduction, is available, which is the case in a number of Member States, drug dependen...
Russia's 'cold turkey' approach highlights global divide over drug treatment at UN [19.04.2016] As international leaders debated global drug law at the United Nations, a bizarre panel on heroin treatment showed just how divided countries are ove...
Weed and the UN: Why international drug laws won't stop legalization [19.04.2016] Under the outcome document for UNGASS that was drafted by diplomats in Vienna and formally adopted at UN headquarters in New York, weed still remains...
UN backs prohibitionist drug policies despite call for more 'humane solution' [19.04.2016] The 2016 UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) has approved an agreement that leaves in place the prohibitionist policies banning narcotics us...
Cannabis Science and Policy Summit 2016 [16.04.2016] With California and other states likely to vote on full cannabis legalization, decisions made in 2016 may well shape the future of cannabis policy fo...
Open letter to UN chief calls for global drug policy shift [14.04.2016] An open letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon signed by more than 1,000 people, including financier Warren Buffett, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren...
Ahead of a key meeting, Russia is driving global drug policy into the ground [13.04.2016] As the first major global meeting on drug policy in two decades approaches, Russia is quietly emerging as a powerful force working to perpetuate the ...
UNGASS 2016: Watershed event or wasted opportunity? [12.04.2016] At about two o'clock in the morning on March 23rd, after tense negotiations in Vienna, the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) reached a disappoint...
Illicit drugs are not the only problem [10.04.2016] Next week the United Nations is convening the largest gathering on drug policy that the world has seen in two decades. It was the brainchild of three...
The old global consensus on the war on drugs is crumbling [09.04.2016] Once a decade, the United Nations organizes a meeting where every country in the world comes together to figure out what to do about drugs — and up t...
The UN’s war on drugs is a failure [02.04.2016] A policy of prohibition has put the drugs trade in the hands of criminals and led to suffering for millions. 2008 was the year that the world didn’t ...
This UN summit could finally end the war on drugs [23.03.2016] Next month, the 193 member states of the United Nations will meet to talk about drugs. The last time this happened, in 1998, the summit ended with a ...
Will UNGASS 2016 be the beginning of the end for the ‘war on drugs’? [16.03.2016] In April 2016, the UN will dedicate, for the third time in its history, a United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) to discuss global ...
Unravelling the human cost of global drug policy [13.03.2016] The international drug control system has caused much greater damage than the substances it targets. Gross human rights violations have been committe...
Striving for system-wide coherence [11.03.2016] In April 2016, the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) will convene its 30th Special Session (or ‘UNGASS’) – and the third to focus on the ‘w...
The history of cannabis and international control [02.03.2016] This timeline draws on The Rise and Decline of Cannabis Prohibition, a report that described the history of international control, how cannabis was i...
UNGASS 2016: Prospects for Treaty Reform and UN System-Wide Coherence on Drug Policy [29.02.2016] This paper explores key lessons from the 1990 Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly on Drug Abuse (UNGASS 1990) and the 1998 Special...
Lift the Ban! [22.02.2016] In my experience, good public policy is best shaped by the dispassionate analysis of what in practice has worked, or not. Policy based on common assu...
See inside the Himalayan villages that grow cannabis [31.01.2016] Cannabis is illegal in India, but many villagers have turned to charas manufacturing out of financial necessity. “Nearly 400 of the 640 districts in ...
A new deal on drugs is as vital as a climate change accord [30.01.2016] Standing on the podium at the United Nations in New York in June 1998, Kofi Annan declared: "It is time for all nations to say 'yes' to the challenge...
Legalizing pot in Canada will run afoul of global treaties, Trudeau warned [04.01.2016] The Liberal government will have to do substantial work on the international stage before it can follow through on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s pr...
UNGASS 2016: Change to global drug policy unlikely [22.12.2015] Next year's United Nation's General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem is, by UN standards, set to be controversial. But it is unlike...
Decriminalise drugs to meet users' right to good health, says UN official [09.12.2015] All drug use should be decriminalised and possession made free from the threat of lengthy prison terms, the UN’s special rapporteur on the right to h...
As UNGASS approaches, yet another devastating UN critique of the drug war is published [08.12.2015] A significant positive outcome has already emerged from next year’s UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on drugs in the form of much more di...
Govt urged to secure share of international ganja market [15.11.2015] President of the Westmoreland Hemp and Ganja Farmers Association Ras Iyah is urging the Government of Jamaica to "align" with other countries to secu...
UNGASS 2016: Background memo on the proposal to establish an expert advisory group [14.11.2015] Significant changes in the global drug policy landscape are shaping up in the UNGASS 2016 preparations, in the direction of more humane and proportio...
US endorses Mexico’s marijuana legalization ruling [08.11.2015] The United States has backed a decision made by Mexico’s Supreme Court that paves the way for the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes...
New UN think-tank report: What comes after the War on Drugs? [02.11.2015] The UN's own thinktank, the United Nations University (UNU), published a report entitled What Comes After the War on Drugs? that argues that UNGASS 2...

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