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This note summarizes what was said during the informal luncheon roundtable convened by the United Nations University in July to measure the impacts of drug policy choices on development trajectories and outcome.
Organized crime and illicit criminal activity undermined essential institutions like the rule of law and delivery of education and health, the United Nations leading expert on drugs and crime told the Economic and Social Council today.
The changing rhetoric from UNODC – of flexibility and health-based policies – is very much welcomed, but the debate needs clearer legal analysis and more extensive normative guidance than the document currently provides.
In this forum, experts, practitioners and policy-makers from around the world are discussing how to address the ongoing and emerging challenges of meeting the MDGs in 2015 and for sustaining development gains in the future.
The increase of poppy cultivation has been accompanied by differentially lower rural wages, suggesting that households planted more drug crops in response to the decreased income generated maize farming.