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29 March 2012

The 2012 CND – Change or inertia?

Most of us predicted a dull Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) this year, but it turned out to be surprisingly eventful – a pleasant surprise for veterans, if still frustratingly opaque for those looking for open and vibrant debate.
5 March 2012

A promising time to open debate on reform in Italy

For many years under the Berlusconi government, Italian drug policy has been directed by ideology. The government passed a legislative amendment to increase penalties for all categories of drug possession and use, treating cannabis with the same severity as heroin and cocaine.
13 February 2012
Procedure over substance: progress towards the MDGS on HIV in Asia Pacific

Procedure over substance: progress towards the MDGS on HIV in Asia Pacific

Last week in Bangkok (6th to 8th February 2012), delegates from governments, UN agencies and civil society organisations (CSOs) based in the Asia-Pacific region gathered in the UN Conference Centre to discuss the progress they have made in taking action on problems related to HIV/AIDS.
30 October 2011
Law enforcement officers talking about drugs in South East Europe and Eurasia

Law enforcement officers talking about drugs in South East Europe and Eurasia

Over the past decades, there has been much discussion about the effectiveness of several aspects of the drug control system. The police play a decisive role in enforcing drug laws, and directly experience the effects caused by the implementation of several provisions that aim to reduce drug use in our society.
30 October 2011
Drugs and development, making a positive choice

Drugs and development, making a positive choice

The primary producers and consumers of illicit drugs – drug users and farmers of opium, coca and cannabis – are often some of the most marginalised groups in our societies.