Building upon IDPC's asks from 2016, 2019 looks to continue the important progress made in maintaining drug policy within the UN's priorities on human rights and development.

In March 2019, UN member states will gather in Vienna for a Ministerial Segment at the 62nd Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), as agreed in CND Resolution 60/1: ‘Preparations for the sixty-second session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in 2019’. Following the 61st Session of the CND, it is unclear as to whether member states will negotiate a new agreement following on from the 2009 Political Declaration and Plan of Action on international cooperation towards an integrated and balanced strategy to counter the world drug problem, which had established 2019 as the target date to eliminate or significantly reduce the scale of the illegal drug market. Despite the current uncertainty over its outcome, the 2019 Ministerial Segment will nevertheless be an opportunity for member states to outline the key principles for global drug control for the forthcoming decade.