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  1. Transnational Institute’s Drugs & Democracy Programme Team

    World Drug Day 2018

    26 June 2018
    Declaration

    Today, on the United Nations’ International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (26th June), governments around the world are commemorating their decades-long support of the global war on drugs. 

  2. Hearing on Bill C-45 as it relates to Canada’s international obligations

    Martin Jelsma, John Walsh
    25 April 2018
    Declaration

    The international dimensions of Bill C-45 are of utmost importance not only for Canada itself but for many countries around the world that are moving in the direction of legally regulating the cannabis market

  3. Canada’s next steps on cannabis and the UN Drug Treaties

    David Bewley-Taylor, Tom Blickman, Martin Jelsma, John Walsh
    03 April 2018
    Opinion

    Ever since the introduction of Bill C-45, questions have been swirling concerning Canada’s position relative to the UN drug control conventions: conventions to which Canada is a party and that, crucially, prohibit the creation of regulated markets for the recreational use of cannabis.

  4. Yes, legalizing marijuana breaks treaties. We can deal with that.

    John Walsh, Tom Blickman, Martin Jelsma, David Bewley-Taylor
    10 January 2018
    Opinion

    Buzzing in the background of Canada’s debate on cannabis legalization is the issue of the three UN drug control treaties, and what to do with them.

  5. Will UNGASS 2016 be the beginning of the end for the ‘war on drugs’?

    Ann Fordham, Martin Jelsma
    17 March 2016
    Opinion

    Held this April, will the United Nations General Assembly Special Session be the turning point for the international drug control system?

  6. The UNGASS outcome document: Diplomacy or denialism?

    14 March 2016
    Declaration

    Drug policy experts and impacted communities from around the world express serious concerns about the preparations and already-drafted outcomes for the UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the “world drug problem”.

  7. The Heemskerk Declaration

    25 January 2016
    Declaration

    In a global meeting small scale farmers of cannabis, coca and opium from 14 countries discussed their contribution to the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS). The UNGASS will discuss all aspects of global drug control policies, including the worldwide ban on the cultivation of coca, poppy and cannabis, an issue the Global Farmers Forum demands that their voices be heard and taken into account.

  8. တတိယအႀကိမ္ေျမာက္ ဘိန္းစိုက္ေတာင္သူမ်ား ညီလာခံ၏ ထုတ္ျပန္ ေၾကညာခ်က္

    25 September 2015
    Declaration

    ၂၀၁၅ ခုႏွစ္ စက္တင္ဘာလ ၁၁ မွ ၁၂ ရက္ေန႔အထိ ကယားျပည္နယ္၊ ရွမ္းျပည္နယ္၊ ကခ်င္ျပည္နယ္ႏွင့္ ခ်င္းျပည္နယ္ရွိ ဘိန္းစိုက္ေတာင္သူအသိုက္အ ၀န္းမ်ားမွ ဘိန္းစိုက္ေတာင္သူမ်ားႏွင့္ ကိုယ္စားလွယ္မ်ားမွ အထက္ျမန္မာျပည္၌ အတူတကြေတြ႔ဆံုစည္းေ၀း၍ မိမိတို႔ကို သက္ေရာက္ထိခိုက္လ်က္ရွိသည့္ မူးယစ္ေဆး၀ါးဆိုင္ရာမူ၀ါဒမ်ားအေပၚ ေဆြးေႏြးသံုးသပ္ခဲ့ၾကသည္။ ယင္းေဆြး ေႏြးပြဲရလဒ္အေနျဖင့္ ႏိုင္ငံအတြင္းႏွင့္ ႏိုင္ငံတကာရွိ မူ၀ါဒခ်မွတ္သူမ်ားအတြက္ အႀကံျပဳေထာက္ခံခ်က္မ်ားပါရွိသည့္ ေၾကညာခ်က္တစ္ေစာင္ကို ထုတ္ျပန္ခဲ့ၾက သည္။

  9. The ketamine controversy, continued

    Martin Jelsma
    06 March 2015
    Opinion

    The Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna will decide next week between two opposite proposals by China and the WHO about international control of ketamine, an essential anaesthetic in human and veterinary medicine. China originally proposed bringing ketamine under the 1971 Convention’s most severe control regime of Schedule I, which would dramatically affect its availability for surgery in poor rural settings and emergency situations. The WHO Expert Committee reviewed all the evidence and advised against any international control of ketamine, arguing it would trigger a public health disaster.

  10. Into the breach: Drugs, control, and violating bad laws in good ways

    Rick Lines
    27 November 2014
    Opinion

    An October statement on drug control from the US State Department has prompted much comment and speculation at home and abroad. Delivered by Ambassador William Brownfield, the ‘Brownfield Doctrine’, as it has been named by some commentators, lays out a four pillar approach the United States will follow in matters of international drug control.

  11. Valencia Declaration on Alternative Development

    09 November 2012
    Declaration

    Producers of crops declared illicit, such as opium, coca and cannabis, from throughout the world convened at the Observatory of Crops Declared Illicit (OCDI) in Valencia (Spain)

  12. The Vienna Declaration

    29 June 2010
    Declaration

    The Vienna Declaration is a statement seeking to improve community health and safety by calling for the incorporation of scientific evidence into illicit drug policies. We are inviting scientists, health practitioners and the public to endorse this document in order to bring these issues to the attention of governments and international agencies, and to illustrate that drug policy reform is a matter of urgent international significance. We also welcome organizational endorsements.

     

  13. Declaration first global forum of producers of crops declared to be illicit

    09 October 2009
    Declaration

    Producers of coca leaves, cannabis and opium poppy from Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa and Asia and experts and NGO representatives gathered at the first world forum in Barcelona, Spain from January 29 to 31, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain. The forum provided a space for sharing experiences and reflecting on ways to protect the human rights of affected communities and promote alternative models of sustainable development. 

  14. Countering illicit drug traffic and supply, and alternative development

    Martin Jelsma, TNI statement
    12 March 2009
    Declaration

    TNI statement at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs 52nd Session, High-level Segment Round Table D - 12 March 2009, 2.30-5.30 pm