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A new constitution adopted in 2009 recognizes traditional uses of coca leaf for the first time in Bolivia. Then, it successfully petitioned the United Nations for a reservation that legally permits coca growing and its licit uses within its borders.
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 report seeks to understand how to manage the harms caused by drugs in a way that minimises negative societal and personal impacts—and how to fundamentally uproot the prohibitive, militarised drug-control approach that remains entrenched in the region.
This report provides a summary of what was discussed this year, and attempts to provide some analysis of the key interconnected discussions, debates, emerging issues of concern and recurring themes at the CND.
As ASEAN’s Senior Officials on Drug Matters prepare to conduct the final assessment of the ASEAN Work Plan on drugs the intention of this paper is to provide comments on that process from a civil society perspective.
The aspiration of a drug free ASEAN in 2015 is not realistic and the policy goals and resources should be redirected towards a harm reduction strategy for managing – instead of eliminating – the illicit drug market in the least harmful way.