The launch of the network has solidified the traditionally conservative country’s reputation as a regional leader amid fears that increased exposure to drug trafficking routes could see a rise in national drug use.
Civil society organisations in West Africa have been urged to effectively strategise and work together and with their respective governments to influence better policies aimed at addressing the drug problem in the region.
Following the dramatic executions of drug traffickers in April 2015, the Indonesian government decided to step up its anti-narcotics efforts, reinforcing public condemnation of drugs while slashing activists' hopes for progressive reforms.
Ahead of the UNGASS 2016, senior representatives of several United Nations agencies have taken part in a high-level multi-stakeholder perspective in Geneva to discuss the intersections between public health, human rights and the world drug problem.
Speaking ahead of the World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, two United Nations human rights experts urge States and the international community to prioritise universal and non-discriminatory availability and access to palliative care and pain relief treatment to anyone in need.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the agency that has overseen the global drug war for 50 years, has been blocked from announcing its momentous new position – that all countries should decriminalise the possession of drugs for personal use.