The President of the INCB, Mr Werner Sipp, presented the Annual Report of the INCB for 2014 to the ECOSOC Coordination and Management on 22nd July 2015. Mr Sipp told delegates that he regarded the Report as a contribution to the UNGASS debates on the ‘right path’ for drug policies.
Mr Sipp has occupied several high level posts in the German Federal Health Ministry, as well as working with the European Union. He was co-ordinator of the German delegation to the CND between 2001 and 2009. He has a positive record with respect to harm reduction.
Dr Naidoo reiterates some of the main positions that the INCB has taken in recent years, in particular during his own presidency which has been characterised by greater attention on access to essential medicines.
In this open letter, HCLU, ENPUD and the International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine ask the president of the INCB to act in order to protect the core principle of the international drug conventions: public health.
The overarching support for the availability of access to essential medicines that features in this year's Annual Report from the INCB is encouraging; but the INCB must direct its attention to what such support must mean on the ground, in those real places where pain is suffered.
The death penalty for drug offences represents the sharp end of the world’s failed war on drugs, disproportionately punishing the vulnerable while failing to tackle entrenched forces of crime and corruption.
The Board's interpretation and handling of its mandate has contributed to the very over-regulation and exaggerated perception of danger that impedes access and reduces availability, leaving billions of people without the essential medicines they need.
The content of the INCB presentation continued to support for improved access to controlled medications and for the abolition of capital punishment for drug-related offences, but the punitive ethic about drug control remains.
In his statement, Dr. Naidoo drew attention to the need to increase capacity to prevent, treat and rehabilitate from drug dependence, the need to ensure adequate availability of control substances for medical purposes.
In this video, INCB President Dr. Naidoo discusses drug prevention and treatment, access to essential medicines for HIV treatment and pain relief, cannabis policy reform, and the role of the INCB as a partner for implementing the conventions.