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.
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.
The annual report offers an analysis by the INCB of the current state of play with regards to international drug control. This year, the INCB has taken an unprecedented stance on human rights protection, in particular on the imposition of the death penalty for drug offences.
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.