In 2016, a Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGASS) will be held on the topic of drugs. This follows the previous Special Sessions held in 1998 and 2009, and comes at a time when the ineffectiveness of current drug policies is being hotly debated in many parts of the world, and a number of countries and territories have adopted new and innovative arrangements for regulating cannabis.
The intersessional meeting this autumn will focus on the expansion and diversification of drugs and drug markets, the historic rise of supply and demand, and the growing public health issues related to opioid use.
IDPC evaluates the impacts of drug policies implemented in Asia over the past decade, assessing progress made towards international and regional goals and concluding on the need to move away from the damaging drug-free approach.
IDPC outlines the key drug policy developments in India since the UNGASS Outcome Document was adopted in 2016, which highlights health and human rights concerns in relation to both drugs and drug policies.