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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. 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”.

  4. 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.

  5. The truth behind the UNODC's leaked decriminalisation paper

    20 October 2015
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    The UNODC claims that the briefing is not a final or formal document, and does not amount to a statement of its policy position

  6. 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။

  7. Minister Golding addresses UN Debate on international drug policy

    07 May 2015
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    Senator Mark Golding, minister of justice, participated in a plenary session with several UN member states at the United Nations in a High Level Thematic Debate on International Drug Policy in preparation for the UN General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS) scheduled for April 19-21 2016. Minister Golding highlighted Jamaica’s perspectives called for open and inclusive discussions, including the creation of an expert advisory group to review the United Nations drug policy control architecture.

  8. The new drug warriors

    01 May 2015
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    The war on drugs is edging towards a truce. Half of Americans want to lift the ban on cannabis. America’s change of heart has led many to wonder if the UN conventions might be reformed to legalise some drugs and treat the use of others as a problem requiring health measures, not criminal or military ones. But as America has drawn back from prohibition, new drug warriors are stepping up to defend it. Russia is foremost among them. “The Russians have taken over the hard-line role that the US used to play,” says Martin Jelsma of the Transnational Institute.

  9. The wars don’t work

    Leader
    01 May 2015
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    In the West few politicians have been ready to admit the drug war’s failure—even as they quietly moderate their policy. They need to be honest with their own voters about the misery it has caused. Only then can they make a good case to the rest of the world that drug addicts need treatment, not prison, and that supply should be managed, not suppressed. A UN meeting next year to take a fresh look at the international conventions that shape national drug laws would be an excellent place to start. The first drug war caused devastation enough. For history to repeat itself would be a tragedy.

  10. 2016: The UN's year to take on drugs

    26 April 2015
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    Global disagreement over drug policies provides an important opportunity to reconsider the effectiveness of existing counternarcotics policies, address their problematic side effects, and propose evidence-based alternative strategies. Because of the differences in attitudes on drug policy around the world, a substantial revision of existing counternarcotics treaties is unlikely at UNGASS 2016. (See also: Improving global drug policy: Comparative perspectives and UNGASS 2016)

  11. Jamaica to lead charge to change int'l treaties on marijuana

    17 March 2015
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    Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Anthony Hylton, says Jamaica intends to lead a charge in the United Nations to effect changes to the international treaties concerning marijuana. The aim is to change the schedule class of marijuana in light of scientific studies that have proven its therapeutic benefits and medicinal value. "Jamaica intends to participate, and to lead, if necessary, a process in the United Nations to have those treaties amended," Hylton said.

  12. The war on ketamine

    08 March 2015
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    In a dispute that pits the war on drugs against global health needs — and one UN agency against another — a pair of Canadian researchers is spearheading a last-ditch bid to keep a widely used anesthetic from being declared an illicit narcotic.

  13. UN special envoy: ‘The current international control system for drugs has failed’

    03 March 2015
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    Marijuana will become an unavoidable policy issue for health watchdogs in coming years.

  14. UN drugs body warns US states and Uruguay over cannabis legalisation

    03 March 2015
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    The United Nations has renewed its warnings to Uruguay and the US states of Colorado and Washington that their cannabis legalisation policies fail to comply with the international drug treaties.

  15. On the death penalty for drugs

    02 March 2015
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    The Annual Report of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), released today, calls upon States that ‘continue to impose the death penalty for drug-related offences to consider abolishing the death penalty for such offences’.

  16. Why ‘Special K’ is good medicine

    02 March 2015
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    In the global world of illicit drug policies, the granddaddy of them all is the United States.

  17. Ketamine control plan condemned as potential disaster for world's rural poor

    27 February 2015
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    A proposal that is about to come before the UN to restrict global access to ketamine, a drug abused in rich countries, would deprive millions of women of lifesaving surgery in poor countries, according to medicines campaigners.

  18. Indonesia's executions: Drugs diplomacy in a diplomatic crisis?

    25 February 2015
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    All diplomatic efforts earlier this month to save Brazilian and Dutch citizens from execution in Indonesia failed.

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