A key aspect of the work of the IDPC relates to the engagement by our members in the debates and decision making processes at the global level – United Nations and other multilateral agencies. Through working collaboratively and sharing information, we can have a much greater impact in advocacy terms and influence the positions taken by governments. It is important that we make every effort to support the process of modernisation and improvement of the global drug control framework, as its traditional focus on harsh ‘war on drugs’ rhetoric and enforcement and punishment based strategies, has a large influence on the way national governments (particularly in developing countries) conceive of and implement their own policies and programmes.

We organise our global advocacy activities under two broad headings, the Global Drug Control System (which covers the international agreements, structures and debates that make up the international system of drug prohibition), and System Wide Coherence (which covers the interaction between this system and other relevant areas of United Nations activity, such as HIV/AIDS, Human Rights or social and economic development).

In each of the multilateral settings where drug policy issues are debated, we work with our members and other interested partners to identify opportunities to advocate for humane and effective policies, prepare analysis and recommendations for advocates and policy makers, and co-ordinate advocacy efforts.