UNGASS 2016: What prospect for change?

Don’t even expect to see a consensus around those two words ‘harm’ and ‘reduction’
Matters of Substance (New Zealand)
February 2016

ungass2016_nyWith the UN’s drug control policy setting bathed in opaque diplomatic light, civil society advocates are left looking for the subtleties of language and tone to spot any sign of change. The NGOs closest to the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the world’s drug problem in April aren’t expecting dramatic changes, but they do see things moving in the right direction. “We’re not going to have the end of prohibition in April, the treaties are not going to be torn up and started afresh in April. There are still a lot of repressive voices in there."