A global network promoting objective and open debate on drug policy
The purpose of this report is to help the Heads of State and Government of the Americas to establish a frame of reference to address the drugs problem in their countries and to guide future multilateral policies and actions.
The event, organized by OSF the CEU School of Public Policy, analyzed how the current policies undermine poor lifestyle and have resulted in serious human rights abuses. In the event they made some recommendations to improve this conditions.
UNODC and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) will join forces to promote grass-roots development and alternative livelihoods in poor rural communities dependent on the cultivation of illicit drug crops.
The cultivation of drugs is a sign of poverty rather than a sign of wealth. Rather than a “war,” the treatment of the drug problem must be approached as development, security and health issues, the panelists of the workshop “Drugs and Development: Punishing the Poor” said.
The key question we should ask is whether these Guiding Principles will help break the failed logic applied until now, which has prioritised forced eradication and added development as an afterthought.
For many decades, the UN has relied on policies based on the prohibitionist drug conventions, that have led to disastrous consequences. With the "Count the Costs" movie series, HCLU is highlighting the devastating negative effects of global prohibition.
Obama has the opportunity to harmonize the discourse with the programs implemented on the ground and to join the presidents of countries like Guatemala, Colombia, and Uruguay who are calling for drug reform.
Experience shows that an “alternative livelihoods” approach to improve the quality of life and income of poor farmers can be more effective. The International Guiding Principles on Alternative Development approved in Lima is a lost opportunity to promote equitable economic development.
Coletta A. Youngers, WOLA Senior Fellow, Commentaries about the International Guiding Principles on Alternative Development approved last week at an international meeting in Lima, Peru. She states that this document represents a lost opportunity to promote equitable economic development in some...