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.
Bolivia will again belong to the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs after its bid to rejoin with a reservation that it does not accept the treaty’s requirement that “coca leaf chewing must be banned” was successful Friday.
The signing of the framework agreement marked significant progress in U.S.-‐Bolivian bilateral relations. Both governments should build on that success by using the accord as a venue to discuss areas of concern, friction, and consensus.
In this statement at the UNAIDS PCB, INPUD blames UNODC's inadequate relationship with civil society networks and unwillingness to work in meaningful partnership with the community of people who use drugs.
The President of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), Raymond Yans, has voiced concern about the outcome of recent referenda in the USA that would allow the non-medical use of cannabis by adults in Colorado and Washington.
This IDPC response provides an overview of the data and topics presented in the Report and where appropriate, within the broader context of the current state of the UN drug control framework, offer a critical analysis of both.