In 1961, the Member States of the United Nations set themselves a goal to eliminate illegal opium production by 1979 and that of cannabis and coca by 1989.
In 1998, they proclaimed to be ready to achieve a world without drugs within 10 years.
Meanwhile, the use of illicit substances has increased at twice the rate of the world population, and today production and trafficking of drugs are completely out of control.
Sixty years of prohibitionist policies and the War on Drugs have caused more damages than those caused by the substances themselves in sanitary, social, criminal, environmental and economic terms.
The webinar will address the historical background of the UN Conventions on narcotics and will look at the future of drug policy with experts and activists from around the world.

Chairman: Marco Perduca, Science for Democracy 5 min
6 pm CET
International Conventions and the global drug control system
- Grazia Zuffa Chair of la Società della Ragione 10 min
- Martin Jelsma Programme Director Drugs & Democracy Transnational Institute – TNI - 15 min
6:30 pm CET
The impact of global drug policies
- Looking back at the past 5 years of UNGASS implementation: What have we achieved
Marie Nougier Head of Research and Communications International Drug Policy Consortium - IDPC
- Science, research, access to drugs - 10 minutes
Prof. Francisco Thoumi former Member of the International Narcotics Control Board
- Drug Policies and Human Rights - 10 minutes
Rebecca Schleifer, JD, MPH, international human rights consultant - 10 minutes
- Drug policies and Law Enforcement
Neil Woods Board Member at Law Enforcement Action Partnership - LEAP - 10 minutes