Contrary to some current criticisms, non-alignment was a logical, rational and ethical response to polarisation and inequity, that allowed India to pursue its national interest while providing moral-political leadership to the global South.
For years, in Uruguay, various political factions have been promoting cannabis regulation in order to separate the market for soft drugs from the market for dangerous substances. This section presents important pronouncements, initiatives and proposals to reform the law, in chronological order.
In all the important international forums – the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs, CICAD, UNASUR, MERCOSUR, the EU-LAC Co-operation Mechanism – Uruguay has maintained an unwavering position, arguing for the need and the democratic right to launch a debate that should lead to the current war on drugs model being consigned to the past.
As with other countries in the region, the debate in Chile in recent years has often revolved around the issue of cannabis, especially liberalization of laws regarding cultivation for personal use and consumption.
Chile, like nearly all the other countries in the region, suffers from prison overcrowding. The increase in the prison population in recent years is directly related to the number of arrests of people violating the anti-drug law as a consequence of tougher legislation that includes jail time for minor drug-related crimes.
In the context of recent regional and hemispheric developments, also in Chile the issue of legalizing marijuana has become prominent at the level of the media, academia and civil society organizations in general.
The Copenhagen Accord represents an ignominious retreat from the urgent and universal imperative of combating climate change through cooperative global action. It needs to be replaced with an ambitious, legally binding agreement.
So it seems that for once everyone agrees on something: the UN climate summit in Copenhagen was a spectacular failure. That is quite an achievement in itself, since consensus seems a rarity in these times.