A call to reprioritise metrics to evaluate illicit drug policy
The Lancet - On April 19–21, 2016, the UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs (UNGASS) will convene to chart a course for the future to tackle the world's drugs problem. The 2016 UNGASS represents a rare opportunity to reassess the global approach to drugs and to move towards drug policies that more effectively address the three UN pillars of peace and security, human development, and human rights. We believe that we need a new consensus that includes a commitment to revise the range of indicators used to assess and improve drug policy effectiveness.
"UN Member States and other international stakeholders should therefore commit to the creation of an expert advisory group to conduct a formal revision of drug policy metrics as a key outcome of the 2016 UNGASS process.*"
* Transnational Institute. UN General Assembly Special Sessions 2016: background memo on the proposal to establish an expert advisory group. Transnational Institute, Amsterdam; 2015
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