UNGASS 2016: Background memo on the proposal to establish an expert advisory group

08 December 2015
Policy issue

Several countries have recently expressed support for the idea to use the mechanism of an expert advisory group again for the UNGASS in 2016

Significant changes in the global drug policy landscape are shaping up in the UNGASS 2016 preparations, in the direction of more humane and proportional responses based on health, human rights and development principles. But few countries are willing to openly acknowledge the existence of structural deficiencies with regard to UN system-wide coherence, the institutional architecture and the legal treaty framework. In spite of more and more cracks in the Vienna consensus and treaty breaches in the area of cannabis policies, questioning the basic principles of the international drug control system is still largely a political taboo.

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