The head of the 2011 United Nations High Level Meeting on AIDS, the Reference Group to the United Nations on HIV and Injecting Drug Use has issued a statement calling for Member States to focus on HIV transmission among people who inject drugs. The statement details eight key priorities for…
The Global Commission on Drug Policy, composed of a number of high level policy officials including Kofi Annan, Michel Kazatchkine, Fernando Henrique Cardoso and Javier Solana, will present its conclusions to the UN Secretary General in New York, on 2 June. The event will be accompanied by a…
In its concluding observations on Russia, the UN Committee on Economic Social and Cultural Rights noted its concerns about the Russian government's lack of support for opioid substitution therapy and needle and syringe programmes.
During a visit to Geneva this month, the UNODC Executive Director sought to draw attention to the importance of the fight against drugs and organised crime given that those phenomena impede development.
The Count the Costs campaign calls upon world leaders and UN agencies to quantify the unintended negative consequences of the current approach to drugs, and assess the potential costs and benefits of alternative approaches to drug policy.
This specialist call for submissions aims to reach out to a range of actors to ensure that the Global Commission reaches out broadly and seeks views from as diverse a range of stakeholders as possible. The deadline for submissions is 8 July 2011.
The World Medical Association and the International Federation of Health and Human Rights Organizations have condemned the practice of forced incarceration in the name of drug treatment, and the groups have called for such facilities to be closed immediately.
In a commentary in The Lancet medical journal, Daniel Wolfe and colleagues called into question the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recent decision to approve the efficacy of once-monthly, injectable form of the medication naltrexone for opioid users based on one trial in Russia.
The “zero draft” civil society declaration was developed by national, regional, global and constituency-based organisations to assist in coordinating civil society advocacy with UN member States at the High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS in New York next June.
New Zealand’s 35-year-old drug law is in for a major shake-up if the New Zealand Government adopts all recommendations for reform made in a recent drug law review conducted by the independent Law Commission.
Avaaz has launched a major campaign on drug policy. The campaign aims to gather 1 million signatures calling on UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to set out a new direction for national and international policies on controlled drugs. The petition will be presented to the UN in New York on 2 June,…