In 2016, a Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGASS) will be held on the topic of drugs. This follows the previous Special Sessions held in 1998 and 2009, and comes at a time when the ineffectiveness of current drug policies is being hotly debated in many parts of the world, and a number of countries and territories have adopted new and innovative arrangements for regulating cannabis.
Ambassador Pedro Moitinho de Almeida gives his concluding remarks as CND Facilitator for post-UNGASS matters at the October 2016 CND Intersessionals concerning implementation of UNGASS outcome recommendations.
This report by IDPC analyses the factors that permitted a novel Latin American position to be forged within UNASUR, the main agreements, and lays out the differences of opinion, as well as the drug policy challenges that lie ahead for the region.
The city of Warsaw is to implement a two-year program to reform city drug policy and the Polish Drug Policy Network will take further actions to encourage the EU to develop a common drug strategy for use at local level.
The Council on International Relations of Latin America and the Caribbean (RIAL) analyses the lessons of the UNGASS for Latin America and advances strategies which would catalyse innovation in drug policy in the region.