About the panel discussion

With an eye to UNGASS 2016, the United Nations University is convening a panel discussion to consider where common ground might be found on public health issues and what ‘operational recommendations’ could usefully be developed ahead of UNGASS 2016 as a result of a public health emphasis. The panel will consider questions of public health priorities, how to measure and assess the impacts of drug policy on public health, and in what ways UN departments, funds, programmes and agencies might ensure public health considerations contribute to system-wide coherence in the implementation of global drug policy.

See the Related Files tab to download the panel discussion’s concept note.

Confirmed Speakers Include:

  • Mr Oliver Zehnder, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations
  • Mr Werner Obermeyer, Deputy Executive Director, WHO Office to the United Nations
  • Mr Sandeep Chawla, former Deputy Executive and Division Director for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs, UN Office on Drugs and Crime
  • Mr Diederik Lohman, Associate Director, Health and Human Rights, Human Rights Watch

Moderator: Mr James Cockayne, Head of Office at the United Nations, United Nations University

A moderated Q&A session will follow.

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