Just before ending 2011, Bolivia presented the formal notification to the United Nations secretariat in New York, announcing their re-adherence to the 1961 UN Single Convention, including a reservation on the use of coca leaf in its natural form, such as coca chewing and infusions.
For the past five years, Mexico has been engaged in a bloody confrontation with drug gangs. Mexican political scientist Eduardo Guerrero Gutierrez looks at how the struggle is going and the implications for Mexico's presidential election in July.
The European Drug Prevention Prize is awarded every two years to three drug prevention projects that fully involve young people, either in the development and implementation of activities, the decision-making, the project management and/or the evaluation.
UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov today met Lamberto Zannier, Secretary-General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), to discuss a joint action plan that will see the two organizations cooperate in tackling organized crime and illicit drugs.
In November, the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission held its 50th session in Buenos Aires. During the meeting the Commission agreed to expand some of its programs to other regions, such as Central America and the Caribbean. The project for the establishment of Drug Treatment Courts and the work of the Inter-American Drug Observatory were also highlighted.
According to a study on 5965 persons arrested in prisons from Cordoba, federal offenses are the fourth cause of imprisonment in Cordoba, and affect persons involved in the lower ends of illegal drug markets.
The Drugs, Security and Democracy (DSD) fellowship program supports research on organized crime, drug policy, issues of governance, and associated topics across the social sciences and related disciplines.
The Copenhagen City Council is pushing ahead with a proposal to decriminalise cannabis, and has set up a committee to investigate the best way to regulate the supply and distribution. The favoured option is for 30 or 40 cannabis shops controlled by the city in which adults may legally buy cannabis. By a margin of 39 votes to nine, the City Council decided to draw up a detailed outline of how the plan would work. Subsequently, the resulting proposal still has to be ratified by the Danish parliament, which has blocked similar movements in the past. But after the national elections in September 2011 the current parliament could support decriminalisation this time around.
Australia’s first overdose management programme that provides naloxone on prescription to potential overdose victims has been developed and will be implemented in the Australian Capital Territory.