This meeting aims to enable a scientific and neutral discussion of the phenomena linked to khat (some of which include problems that call for solutions). The conference will stay focused on scientific evidence during discussions and will not promote simplistic solutions as attempted in the past.
INPUD has been blogging in their role as NGO observers to the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB). Check out their blog which also covers other international events and conferences of relevant to drug policy.
As the UN launches the 2009 World Drug Report, more than 40 international groups and experts worldwide today issued a call to action that presses governments to adopt a humane approach to drug policy. IDPC has signed the call as a coalition.
The report was launched in Washington, D.C., by UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa and the newly appointed Director of the United States Office of National Drug Control Policy, Gil Kerlikowske.
IDPC response to the 2008 Annual Report of the INCB, concludes that the INCB is quick to condemn liberalisation of policy and practice, while ignoring clear breaches of the spirit and letter of the conventions that arise from repressive national drug policies.
On 28th May 2009, Chatham House hosted the UK launch of Drugs and Democracy: Toward a Paradigm Shift – the report of the Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy. The report calls for the engagement of civil society and public opinion so that a debate on safer, more efficient and humane…
The International AIDS Society letter to the CND calls for the inclusion of evidence-based support for harm reduction, and for essential medicines for OST and palliative care into the global frameworks for control of narcotic drugs.
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment – Professor Manfred Nowak – and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health – Mr Anand…
Human Rights Watch and the International Harm Reduction Association prepared this overview to assist country delegations during key debates at the UN High Level Meeting on drugs in March 2009 by showing the extent of support from international agencies and experts for human rights-based approaches…
This book examines the descent of the global war on drugs into a war on people who use drugs. From Puerto Rico to Phnom Penh, Manipur to Moscow, the scars of this war are carried on the bodies and minds of drug users, their families, and the health and service providers who work with them.
In March 2009 – at the 52nd Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs(CND) in Vienna – IHRA launched a short paper examining civil society engagement with the Commission (the main UN body tasked with addressing global drug policy).
IDPC held a post-CND strategy meeting in the margins of the IHRA conference, where present IDPC members met to reflect on the outcomes of the High Level Meeting in March in Vienna and discuss next steps for international advocacy.