On Tuesday 26th June, the UN General Assembly will debate the topic of ‘Drugs and Crime as a Threat to Development’. This is a timely and important debate especially as it takes place in New York, where it is critical for the UN community to consider the impact of illicit drug markets on security, human rights and development, in particular the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

This briefing outlines the key issues for the debate and underlines the importance of coherence across the UN system on the complex issue of drugs. Critical to the debate is the acknowledgement that current repressive drug control measures have often adversely affected the very communities that development policies seek to support.

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