Background

UN Member States have agreed to hold a Ministerial Segment prior to the 62nd Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) ‘to take stock of the implementation of the commitments made to jointly address and counter the world drug problem, in particular in the light of the 2019 target date’ set out to eradicate or significantly reduce the overall scale of the illegal drug market.

Months before the Ministerial Segment, no mechanism has been established for a review, unlike ten years ago, in 2008/2009, when a formal review process was undertaken.

In the absence of this assessment, in October, IDPC launched Taking stock: A decade of drug policywhich evaluates the progress made against the commitments agreed by the international community in the 2009 Political Declaration and Plan of Action. Using data from the UN, academic research and civil society reports, the report provides an analysis of whether the ‘drug-free world’ targets set out in article 36 of the Political Declaration were achieved, and tracks progress towards specific actions agreed in 2009 against the broader UN priorities of protecting human rights, promoting peace and security and advancing development.

Following its launch, the report was presented to the CND plenary at the 5th intersessional meeting, the third of a series of ongoing debates about the state and future of the global drug control regime.

Webinar 

2019: Taking Stock, Looking Forward will discuss the state of play of Vienna discussions, present the key findings of IDPC's landmark report and provide practical ideas on how to utilise the report for national advocacy, in particular in view of the 2019 target date.

The webinar will take place on 29 November 2018 (14:00 - 14:45 London time) and is accessible to all. Participants will be able to make questions through Youtube's "chat" platform and Twitter, using the hashtag #TakingStock2019.

Presenters: Ann Fordham (IDPC), Marie Nougier (IDPC), Isabel Pereira (Dejusticia - Colombia).