Heather Haase

Consultant: New York

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Based in New York, Heather Haase has served as the IDPC members’ link to UN Headquarters on drug policy issues since 2013, most notably during the 2016 UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) and its aftermath. Her work includes interfacing with key missions and UN agencies on drug policy issues, following UN activities and processes around drugs, and disseminating information to IDPC membership, with the goal of maximizing the involvement of civil society in UN processes around drugs.

Heather also chairs the New York NGO Committee on Drugs, a Substantive Committee organized under the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Status with the UN (CoNGO), which promotes global NGO participation in UN processes around drugs. Through the NYNGOC she helped lead efforts to form the Civil Society Task Force for UNGASS 2016, which gave a voice in the UNGASS process to drug policy NGOs from all over the world. A frequent writer and speaker, Heather has presented on civil society advocacy and international drug policy reform at numerous venues in the Americas and Europe.
Heather holds a law degree from the Wake Forest University School of Law in North Carolina, and is currently earning an LL.M degree at Columbia Law School, concentrating on international law & diplomacy, public health law and drug policy.

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