The lost decade in the global war on drugs



The lost decade in the global war on drugs

7 January 2019

Auditorium Pictet B
Maison de la Paix
Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2
1202 Geneva

Monday 28 January 2019
17h30 - 19h
Followed by a reception

In 2009, UN member states set 2019 as the target date for eradicating the illegal drug market. Next year, the international community will take stock of progress and delineate the global drug strategy for the next decade. In the absence of a formal review for the last 10 years of drug control, the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) has produced a civil society shadow report, which assesses the progress made, or lack thereof, against the objectives of 2009. The analysis shows that the scale of drug cultivation, production, trafficking and use has increased exponentially over the past decade, and the negative impacts on human rights have been severe. This conference aims to encourage an exchange of ideas on policy and practice regarding drug control policies at the multilateral level and discuss how punitive drug policies impact the International Geneva mandates. The event will be available on live-stream here:


Panel discussion

  • Helen Clark, Former Prime Minister of New Zealand and former Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, Member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy
  • Valentin Zellweger, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations Office at Geneva
  • Mariângela Simão, Assistant Director-General of the World Health Organization
  • Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou, Professor, International History, the Graduate Institute, Geneva
  • Ann Fordham, Executive Director of the International Drug Policy Consortium
  • Anya Sarang, President of the Andrey Rylkov Foundation
  • ModeratorStéphane Bussard, Reporter, Le Temps
  • Closing remarksRuth Dreifuss, Chair of the Global Commission on Drug Policy

This conference is organised in partnership with the Global Commission on Drug Policy and with the support of Le Temps and the International Drug Policy Consortium.

Geneva, Switzerland
Date27 January 2019

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