IDPC’s members share a concern that national and international policies and programmes responding to the cultivation, production, trade and use of controlled substances are excessively focused on harsh law enforcement and punishment. Such an approach often results in ineffective strategies that not only have limited impacts in reducing the harmful consequences of the illicit market, but also can themselves lead to significant adverse consequences.
IDPC’s vision is that international and national drug policies and programmes are grounded in the principles of human rights, social inclusion and public health. They should involve policy making processes that are transparent and in which policy makers engage meaningfully with civil society, particularly with affected populations (such as people who use drugs and subsistence farmers engaging in the illicit cultivation of crops used for the production of controlled substances).
The IDPC aims to promote objective and open debate on the effectiveness, direction and content of national and international drug policy and to advance constructive recommendations for policy makers that lead to the adoption of more humane and effective drug policies. We do this through the following activities:
- Facilitating communication and co-operation between civil society stakeholders and supporting collaborative activities/endeavours.
- Producing and disseminating information and analysis to highlight the failings of law enforcement-dominated approaches to drug policy and promote a public health and human rights based approach.
- Creating channels and advocacy tools for our partners and members and building their capacity to better engage with and influence the policy making processes of national governments and international agencies.