Off track: Shadow report for the mid-term review of the 2019 Ministerial Declaration on drugs

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Off track: Shadow report for the mid-term review of the 2019 Ministerial Declaration on drugs

4 December 2023

The implementation of the 2019 Ministerial Declaration is off track

The 2019 Ministerial Declaration on drugs laid down the main objectives of the international community in addressing the world drug situation for a 10-year period. Drawing on a broad range of data and evidence, as well as on the experience of civil society and communities, this report shows that by 2023 there has been little, incomplete or no progress in achieving these goals.

There is scant evidence that policies aimed at the prohibition and eradication of drugs have been effective in reducing illegal drug markets, or in tackling their connection with human insecurity, violence, and organised crime. At the same time, there is widespread proof that the punitive paradigm promoted by the global drug control regime has undermined some of the key aims of the 2019 Ministerial Declaration itself and of the broader UN system, including the promotion of health, human rights, and sustainable development.

Below, you will find:

Launch event

Tuesday, 5 December (14:00 - 15:00) at Conference Room 2 (2nd Floor, C-Building) of the Vienna International Centre (VIC) - Austria.

Organised by the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) and Switzerland, and co-sponsored by Canada, Colombia, Czechia, Germany, Mexico, Norway, Portugal, Uruguay and the European Union.

Communications Pack

This Communications Pack facilitates the Shadow Report's dissemination and seeks to serve your work and the movement for sustainable drug policies'. It contains links to the report's executive summary; information about the report’s launch event in Vienna; template press releases, which you can easily edit for press outreach; ready-made posts, which can be used to promote the report on social media; social media assets, with key highlights/infographics from the report; quotes from experiences and accounts that illustrate the report's assessment.