At the occasion of this event, United Nations University will launch an open letter by the scientific community to advise those attending the UNGASS 2016 on the evidence-based successful approaches to drug policy.
This side event will first provide an overview of how drug policy contributes to the wider goals of the UN system. This will be followed by specific examples of how governments and the international community are working to broaden drug control objectives in order to demonstrate the impact of drug policy interventions on the health and well being of human kind.
The theme will be "making alcohol and other drug realities" which draws on the idea that the processes of studying, treating and otherwise responding to entities such as drugs do not simply ‘map’, ‘reveal’ or ‘deal with’ them; they enact or constitute them as realities.
In response to the EMCDDA call for input from experts to revise indicators monitoring the supply of illicit drugs in the European Union, IDPC prepared a submission promoting a set of indicators covering the levels of market-related harms to give a better picture of the achievements of drug law…
This paper examines how the performance of different aspects of forces strategies, such as diversion and enforcement activity, might be measured and the extent to which performance indicators might be constructed from operational data already being collected by the police.
According to Harm Reduction International, introducing human rights-based indicators is the only way to ensure that drug policy works to promote the health and welfare of humankind by respecting, protecting and fulfilling international human rights obligations.