The Italian government has announced last month that it would submit a proposal to the UNGASS meeting on HIV/AIDS to cancel te term "harm reduction", with the purpose to substitute it with a watered down "risk reduction". This proposal was met with much criticism among Italian civil society organisations working in the drug policy field.
Under legislation promoted by the ruling United Russia party and now being reviewed in parliament, dependent drug users will be forced into treatment or jailed, and dealers will be handed heftier custodial sentences. "The barons of narco-business must be put on a par with serial killers with the appropriate punishment in the form of a life sentence," said Gryzlov, chairman of the party. This decision was largely criticised by a number of Russian civil society organisations.
On 14th June 2011, the Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedotov, met with the President and several key leaders in Kazakhstan to discuss the country's and region's ongoing efforts in curbing drug use, illicit trafficking, and organized and financial crime.
The Philippines is well-known for exporting domestic workers across the world, but as low-income jobs disappear in the global recession, increasing numbers of desperate Filipinos are resorting to something much more dangerous – smuggling drugs as mules.
Sinaloa and Juarez cartels are fighting for the city and the access it provides to the multi-billion dollar US drug market only a few hundred metres away. On this episode of Fault Lines, Josh Rushing travels to Ciudad Juarez, and asks how human life there came to be worth so much less than the drugs being trafficked through.
Over 200 leading international NGOs have backed the Beirut Declaration on HIV and Injecting Drug Use calling on world leaders to scale up harm reduction programmes that address the role of injecting drug use in the AIDS epidemic.
Although broadening drug control cooperation beyond the traditional top-down bilateral focus is often viable and preferable, ironically, the current trilateral draft agreement overlooks existing successful multilateral collaboration and could provoke and deepen divisions.
The National Rehabilitation Centre in Abu Dhabi (NRC) and UNODC are collaborating to review the framework and objectives of an assessment study on the current drug policy situation in the United Arab Emirates, which will lead to a review of the country's anti-drug strategy.