IDPC provides an overview of the intersections between human rights and drug control as enshrined in the UNGASS Outcome document, offering recommendations for a better coordination of these two spheres of international cooperation.
A side event at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs brought together experts to discuss how drug policy outcomes are measured, with the Sustainable Development Goals discussed as a potential mechanism of evaluation.
Ahead of the May 2018 Global Fund Board meeting, Harm Reduction International urges Board members to support changes to the Eligibility Policy that will help to achieve the goal of ending AIDS for people who inject drugs and other key populations.
There is still a long way to go. But what is clear though is that the combined efforts from academia, policy circles, and the involvement of the grassroots in the development of solutions can pave the way for more systematic responses to the tough questions on illicit economies.
It remains to be seen how debates over cannabis develop and whether the meetings between the INCB and its civil society interlocutors grow into real processes of dialogue. But this is certainly a step in the right direction for the Board.
Adapting the UN drug control system to modern realities is long overdue, and if the Board wants to protect the useful elements of the current system, the only option is to facilitate change, through honest discussion and valid guidance.
IDPC and MUCD provide an overview of the key models of regulation and offer general recommendations to improve public policies in areas where legislation is already in place and to improve decision-making in countries where reform is pending.