50th Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND)
The Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) is the annual gathering of all United Nations member states to discuss and make decisions on a wide range of issues related to the global drug control system, and the work programme of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB).
TNI participated together with a range of other civil society organisations. For a civil society view of the proceedings see: The 2007 Commission on Narcotic Drugs, IDCP Briefing Nr. 5, March 2007. A key decision this CND had to make is the timing and procedure for the 1998 UNGASS review (see also: The UNGASS Evaluation Process Evaluated, IDCP Briefing Nr. 1, May 2006). A draft resolution tabled by Canada was negotiated and adopted that agrees to maintain the March 2008 CND meeting as the moment to present the UNODC assessment report on "the progress achieved in implementing the declarations and measures adopted by the General Assembly at its twentieth special session," in 1998, and to devote the thematic debate next year to discuss it, "underscoring the value of objective, scientific, balanced and transparent assessment." Following the March 2008 CND, a period of global reflection will start, leading to a high-level segment at the 2009 CND to draw conclusions for the future. The basic idea has thus been approved to separate time-wise the 2008 assessment report from the 2009 moment to adapt new strategies for the future, thereby preventing that documents guiding future steps are elaborated simultaneously with the UNODC assessment report without due time for reflection. The 2006 International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) report emitted a clear signal to the governments of Bolivia, Peru and Argentina that growing and using coca leaf is in conflict with international treaties, particularly the 1961 Single Convention. The INCB, rather than making harsh judgements based on a selective choice of outdated treaty articles, should use its mandate more constructively and help draw attention to the inherent contradictions in the current treaty system with regard to how plants, plant-based raw materials and traditional uses are treated. TNI issued a new publication critizing the position of the INCB: Sending the wrong message: The INCB and the un-scheduling of the coca leaf, TNI Drug Policy Briefing 21, March 2006.