Excerpt from the Foreword:
In a period defined by unprecedented global shifts and uncertainty, I present IDPC’s 2022-2023 Progress Report which highlights our network’s unwavering commitment to advancing social justice and human rights as the core tenets of drug policies.
Over the past year, IDPC’s beautiful, diverse and dynamic network remained strongly connected and unequivocal in our collaborative advocacy for reform. This tenacity has resulted in historic drug policy wins in the form of ambitious and ground-breaking resolutions at the United Nations, both at the General Assembly and the Human Rights Council. Both resolutions reflect the growing recognition among many governments of the need to confront the devastating and damaging legacy of drug policies based on racist and colonial prejudices. These ambitious political documents contain the strongest language to date on the need to address systemic racism in drug law enforcement and to uphold the rights of Indigenous Peoples, especially to the use of their traditional and sacred plants.
As the international community plans towards the next high-level political event in March 2024 —the mid-term review of the 2019 Ministerial Declaration, we must leverage the momentum of these encouraging policy wins from across the UN system at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna. We will build on our success in strengthening and elevating civil society engagement at the CND to continue to establish the accountability of governments, and the UN drug control regime, in the face of egregious systemic and racialised human rights violations committed in the name of drug control.
IDPC’s role as the global network for drug policy reform is underlined throughout all of the key highlights presented in this report from the expansion of our engaging e-course on decriminalisation (which now has over 900 individual learners), to marking the tenth anniversary of the Support. Don’t Punish campaign that has mobilised thousands of grassroots groups around the globe, as well as our work to strengthen intersecting feminist approaches to drug policy with amazing women-led partners in Southeast Asia. Read about of this and more in this year’s report.
Our belief is that the IDPC network is stronger than the sum of our parts and the power of working in coalition is yielding transformative change as we strive toward a global drug policy system that is in full compliance with international human rights law.
I extend my deepest gratitude to the incredible IDPC team, our members and partners, the Board and the Members Advisory Council, and our allies around the world. Together, we continue to build a future where drug policies are rooted in compassion, human rights and social justice.
Read previous IDPC progress reports:
- IDPC progress report 2021-2022
- IDPC progress report 2020-2021
- IDPC progress report 2019-2020
- IDPC progress report 2018-2019
- IDPC progress report 2017-2018
- IDPC progress report 2016-2017
- IDPC progress report 2015-2016
- IDPC progress report 2014-2015
- IDPC progress report 2013-2014
- IDPC progress report 2012-2013
- IDPC progress report 2011-2012
- IDPC progress report 2010-2011