UN Drug control system

Weaknesses in the UN drug control system have often been identified, related to the functioning of the key organs UNODC, INCB, and the CND; related to collaboration with the wider UN system (WHO, UNAIDS, UNDP, etc.) and related to the outdated character of several treaty provisions. What has been attempted to date to achieve more structural reform? Are existing evaluation mechanisms capable of bringing the need for reform to the table? How could a neutral and evidence-based role of UNODC as a centre of expertise be strengthened? How can these issues be related to the UN call for more ‘system-wide coherence’ and ‘delivery as one’?

The Unwritten History of the 1998 United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Drugs

April 2003

A myriad of documents and records of meetings published by the UN, reveal a previously unwritten history of events leading to the 1998 UNGASS meeting. These show the extent to which the hardliners have gone to maintain the status quo through rhetoric, denial, manipulation, selective presentation, misrepresentation and suppression of evidence, selective use of experts, threats to funding, and purging "defeatists" from the UN system.

Change of Course

Virgina Montañés
March 2003

This briefing sets out the history to the original call for a UN special session on drugs and explains why no genuine evaluation has been permitted to date.

The Erratic Crusade of the INCB

February 2003

In the Report of the International Narcotics Control Board for 2002 that was released on February 26, the president of the Board, Dr. Philip O. Emafo from Nigeria, launches a strong attack against groups that advocate legalisation or decriminalisation of drug offences.

Breaking the Impasse

Virgina Montañés, David Bewley-Taylor
July 2002

This issue of Drugs & Conflict attempts to outline the possibilities for a breakthrough in the current impasse of the current international drug control regime.

New Possibilities for Change in International Drug Control

December 2001

The main task of the new executive director of the ODCCP would be to guide a process of internal reform that the UNDCP has to undergo and open up to challenging views outside the agency.

United Nations Pulls Out of Plans to Use Anti-Drug Biological Weapons in South America

TNI
December 2000

Civil society groups need to analyze possibilities to ban Drug War biological weapons at regional and United Nations agencies that work on related issues of environment, genetic resources, health, arms control, and agriculture.

Intensive Debatten, doch keine besseren Richtlinien

Interview mit Martin Jelsma
April 1999

Im Jahr 1998 hatten sich die Vereinten Nationen auf einer Sondergeneralversammlung einen Zehnjahresplan „für eine drogenfreie Welt“ verschrieben. Die Ergebnisse sind hinter den Erwartungen und Erfordernissen zurück geblieben. Nun sollten die Lehren daraus gezogen und ein Fahrplan für die nächsten zehn Jahre abgesteckt werden.

Presentation of Evo Morales on Coca, UNGASS 1998

June 1998

Presentation to the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Drugs (UNGASS) New York, June 8-10, 1998