The past year has seen the debate over effective drug policies reach into the mainstream of politics and mass media. Latin American countries have led the way in questioning the ability of the existing system of international drug control to meet the demands of the 21st century. Its origins lie across a full century of historical development, and its last major restructuring occurred fifty years ago with the signing of the 1961 Single Convention. The world has changed greatly in the intervening period: globalisation, mobility and social interconnection – as well as the growth of organised criminal networks taking advantage of this new world structure; the advent of mass consumer societies, multi-culturalism and social diversity; and the growing HIV and HCV epidemics – these represent just some of the major challenges to which the current regime must adapt.

It is this process of adaptation and change that IDPC seeks to facilitate, bringing together a range of civil society organisations possessed of the appropriate knowledge and expertise in order to contribute to the process of review and renewal.

This annual Progress Report offers information about the main activities implemented by IDPC during 2011 and 2012 and highlights our main achievements this year in terms of national and international advocacy, communications and publication of multilingual documentation.

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