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    UN Drug Control and WHO

    22 December 2005
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    In 1992, the PSA launched the "WHO/UNICRI Cocaine Project", which according to a press release in March 1995 was the largest global study on cocaine use ever undertaken. The conclusions strongly conflicted with accepted paradigms so that almost as soon as the Briefing Kit started to circulate in the UN corridors, USA officials used their full weight to prevent the release of the study.Years of work and hundreds of pages of valuable facts and insights about coca and cocaine by more then 40 researchers were, in effect, "burned".

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    UN Drug Control updates, 1995

    22 December 2005
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    WHO study stresses that education, treatment and rehabilitation programmes need to be increased to counterbalance what they see as the current over reliance on law enforcement measures.

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    A Downward Spiral

    01 December 2005
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    The only viable and humane approach to reduce opium production may require easing the opium ban deadlines, while creating alternative livelihoods for opium farmers.

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    The Drug War in the Skies

    17 November 2005
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    UNGASS 1998

    17 November 2005
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    Background of UNGASS 1998

    17 November 2005
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    The United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS) was held in New York on June 8-10, 1998. It was a disappointing event. No evaluation of current repressive drug policies took place whatsoever. It was devoted to, as a New York Times editorial phrased it, "recycling unrealistic pledges".

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    Related websites and documents: UN Drug Control

    Drugs and Democracy
    17 November 2005
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    Websites and documents related to UN Drug Control

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    Press reports: UN Drug Control

    17 November 2005
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    Press coverage on UN Drug Control

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    Web resources on drugs

    Drugs and Democracy
    17 November 2005
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    Here you will find a collection of links and relevant documents on international drug control, mostly on supply side issues. The page is divided in several themes:

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    Related websites and documents: Harm Reduction

    17 November 2005
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    Links to research, documents, and reports on Harm Reduction

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    UNDCP overview

    17 November 2005
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    Over the years, the UNDCP has actively promoted a repressive drug control policy following the guidelines set by the UN Drug Conventions and the predominant prohibitionist views of most member states.

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    Mid-term review of UNGASS 2003

    17 November 2005
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    The UNGASS mid-term review in April 2003 will present Mr Costa with a high-level political opportunity to convince the world of his commitment to take UNDCP in a more rational direction, to say farewell to the years of crisis, to restore donor confidence and to open up the debate.

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    The United Nations and Harm Reduction Overview and Links

    17 November 2005
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    TNI and official links on UN and Harm Reduction

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    Conflicting view on Harm Reduction in UN become major concern

    17 November 2005
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    Tensions in US-UNODC relations should be resolved by more sustainable funding mechanisms, not by bowing to Republican flat-earthism. It is time to be guided by the light of science, not by the darkness of ignorance and fear.

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    An Agenda for Vienna: EU presentation

    Martin Jelsma
    17 November 2005
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    Presented at Public Hearing "Vienna 2003: A Chance for the World. For Another Drug Policy", European Parliament, Brussels, 4 March 2003

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    Cracks in the Vienna Consensus Briefing

    Martin Jelsma, Pien Metaal
    16 November 2005
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    Numerous UN conferences and summits have been devoted to negotiating a harmonized global approach to illicit drugs. Yet more and more cracks are now beginning to appear in the supposedly universal model which is, in reality, based on a highly fragile consensus.

  17. The UN Drug Control Debate

    • Martin Jelsma
    24 October 2005

    The 48th session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), 7-11 March 2005 in Vienna, was plagued by controversy about the legitimacy of harm reduction policies. Ending in stalemate, guidance for UNODC to operate in this field remains ambiguous. In June, at the Programme Coordinating Board (PCB), a consensus was reached regarding a mandate for UNAIDS to be involved in needle exchange programmes and other harm reduction activities among injecting drug users. What options are available to clarify UNODC’s mandate in this area and more in general to achieve a breakthrough in policy dilemmas that surfaced recent years at the UN level. 

  18. The United Nations and Harm Reduction - Revisited

    01 April 2005

    In this briefing the Transnational Institute (TNI) analyses the proceedings and results of the CND meeting in Vienna, 7-11 March 2005, outlines several options for follow-up and recommends next steps to take.

  19. The UN and Harm Reduction - Revisited

    • Martin Jelsma
    01 April 2005
    The US pressure on the UNODC to withdraw support from needle exchange and other harm reduction approaches backfired at the 48th session of the CND in March 2005. Delegates from around the globe stood up to defend the overwhelming evidence that harm reduction measures are effective against the spread of HIV/AIDS. In this briefing TNI analyses the proceedings and results of the CND meeting in Vienna in March 2005, and outlines several options for follow-up and recommends next steps to take.

     

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    The United Nations and Harm Reduction

    • Drugs and Democracy
    10 March 2005

    Conflicting views within the UN system on harm reduction have become a major concern. Consistency in messages is crucial especially where it concerns joint global programmes such as the efforts to slow down the HIV/AIDS epidemic; efforts in which harm reduction practices like needle exchange and substitution treatment play a pivotal role.