The Commission on Narcotic Drugs wants your comments on lack of access to essential controlled medicines for UNGASS 2016. Katherine Pettus, Advocacy Officer, International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC), explains what UNGASS is, why it’s important to add your voice and how to do it.

The United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) needs your help. This is your chance to speak out so please read on and find out what you can do to make sure that all those who need it have access to essential medicines and palliative care services.

The CND is requesting civil society participation and comments for the UN General Assembly on Drugs to be held in 2016. This special assembly is called United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS). Civil society and non-governmental organisations (for our purposes) include the “affected populations” of physicians, nurses, medical associations, national and regional hospice and palliative care organisations, and patients’ groups, among others.

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