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  1. The 2015 Commission on Narcotic Drugs

    • International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC)
    14 June 2015

    The international drug control regime is facing the most profound challenge of its existence. Member states have for some time been experimenting with new responses to the ‘world drug problem’; however, the advent of legally regulated cannabis markets has resulted in a ratcheting up of these challenges to expose the system to new levels of strain. With the 2016 UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the world drug problem fast approaching, how will the international community make use of the opportunity it provides for a free and open debate?

  2. 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.

  3. The Road to UNGASS 2016

    • International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC)
    14 April 2015

    On 19th to 21st April 2016, there will be a United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) held in New York, dedicated to the issue of drug policy. The General Assembly is the highest policy making and representative organ of the United Nations (UN), and its infrequent Special Sessions focus on pertinent topics at the request of member states. The UNGASS on drugs has the potential to be a ground-breaking, open debate about the international drug control system – but there is much work to be done to ensure that it fulfils that potential.

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    El llamado a votación de la ONU sobre la ketamina podría provocar una crisis de salud pública en los países desarrollados

    Martin Jelsma
    05 March 2015

    La Comisión de Estupefacientes (the Commission on Narcotic Drugs - CND, por sus siglas en Inglés), con sede en Viena, decidirá pronto entre dos propuestas opuestas presentadas por China y por la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) en relación al control internacional de la ketamina, un anestésico esencial en la medicina humana y veterinaria.

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    Drugs and development: The great disconnect

    • Julia Buxton
    31 December 2014

    This report argues that ‘drugs’ are a development issue and must be recognised as such by development agencies. The cultivation of opium poppy, coca leaf and cannabis for anything other than medical and scientific purposes is prohibited under the UN 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, as amended by the 1972 Protocol. However conditions of marginalisation and exclusion have sustained the cultivation of these low capital input/high yield drug crops. Poverty, insecurity and inequality also exacerbate the vulnerability of ‘bridge’ states to trafficking activities. These factors are development concerns requiring economic and political solutions.

  6. The UN really wishes that voters in Alaska and Oregon hadn’t legalized weed

    13 November 2014
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    The director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Yury Fedotov, said that state-level marijuana legalization initiatives in the U.S. are violations of longstanding international drug treaties. "I don't see how [state-level marijuana legalization] can be compatible with existing conventions," he said according to Reuters. Fedotov's remarks are coming less than a month after Assistant Secretary of State Brownfield outlined an official policy of "flexibility" in the U.S.'s interpretation of existing U.N. drug control conventions, which require countries to outlaw the sale and use of cannabis. (See also: Fatal attraction: Brownfield's flexibility doctrine and global drug policy reform)

  7. A top UN official is not happy about US states legalizing weed

    13 November 2014
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    The UN's top narcotics official said on Wednesday that recent votes by US states to legalize marijuana have put America in deeper violation of the international conventions that guide drug policy around the world. Earlier this month, voters in Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC legalized the recreational use and sale of marijuana. Similar ballot initiatives have already passed and taken effect in Colorado and Washington.

  8. Global drug policy is still deadly and ineffective

    Samuel Oakford
    02 June 2014
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     If you actually read the treaties, while they do set firm limitations on the legal, "non-medical" or "non-scientific" sale of schedule drugs — limits that Uruguay, Colorado and Washington ignored when legalizing cannabis — they don’t otherwise obligate countries to penalize drug use. Even the 1988 convention, the harshest of the three, which instructs countries to criminalize use, still provides an out for states, allowing such laws only as they are "subject to its constitutional principles and the basic concepts of its legal system." This loophole has been used by the Dutch to argue legally for their coffee shops.

  9. UN High-Level Segment on Drugs, March 2014

    28 February 2014
    Article

    On March 13-14, 2014, UN member states will gather in Vienna, Austria, for a High Level Segment of the annual UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND). The purpose of this meeting is to review the progress made, and the challenges encountered, since the 2009 Political Declaration and Plan of Action on the World Drug Problem. The main focus of the High Level Segment will be the negotiation of a Joint Ministerial Statement, which will set the scene for the 2016 UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs (UNGASS), as well as recording member states’ views of progress.

  10. UNODC’s shifting position on drug policy: Progress and challenges

    • International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC)
    31 January 2014
    Policy issue

    In March 2014, country delegations will gather at the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) to review progress and challenges in international drug control since the agreement of a Political Declaration on drugs in 2009. Given that the Political Declaration aims to “eliminate or reduce significantly” the use, supply and demand of controlled drugs by 2019, this meeting represents an important opportunity for honest evaluation and an acknowledgement that these targets are not being achieved. With a United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on drugs just two years away, this is an important time for international drug control policy.

  11. UNODC Executive Director releases "contributions" ahead of CND High-Level Segment on drugs

    19 January 2014
    Article

    Ahead of the High-Level Segment on the world drug problem to take place on 13th and 14th January 2014, the UNODC Executive Director, Yuri Fedotov, has released his "contributions" to the debate. This 19-page document is, in parts, refreshingly honest about the “unequal” progress that has been made since 2009 (with reductions in supply or demand for some drugs in some places being offset by increases elsewhere), the setbacks and new challenges, and the fact that “the overall magnitude of drug demand has not substantially changed at the global level”.

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    La JIFE contra Uruguay: el arte de la diplomacia

    Martin Jelsma
    18 December 2013
    Article

    Las tensiones internacionales en torno a la decisión de Uruguay de regular el mercado del cannabis alcanzaron nuevas cotas cuando Raymond Yans, presidente de la Junta Internacional de Fiscalización de Estupefacientes (JIFE), acusó al Gobierno uruguayo de negligencia con respecto a preocupaciones en materia de salud pública, de bloquear todo intento de diálogo y de mostrar una actitud "de piratas" frente a las convenciones de la ONU.

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    IDPC Response to the UNODC World Drug Report 2013

    11 October 2013

    As is now to be expected, the World Drug Report 2013 represents an impressive and wide-ranging set of data, analysis and policy prescription, and provides an overview of recent trends and the current situation in terms of production, trafficking, and consumption, including the consequences of illicit drug use on health. This year it also devotes considerable space to the phenomenon of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS).

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    Bolivia, EEUU y la Descertificación Mutua

    Dr. Godofredo Reinicke Borda
    30 September 2013
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    El Gobierno de Estados Unidos ha emitido el 14 de septiembre, su memorando anual sobre la valoración antidroga de los países considerados sensibles a la producción y tráfico de drogas. Nuevamente y sistemáticamente Bolivia está entre los países descertificados, aparentemente se agudiza esta posición después de tres años de que Bolivia expulsó a la agencia norteamericana DEA.

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    An ugly truth in the war on drugs

    Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Ruth Dreifuss
    11 March 2013
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    This week, representatives from many nations will gather at the annual meeting of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna to determine the appropriate course of the international response to illicit drugs. Delegates will debate multiple resolutions while ignoring a truth that goes to the core of current drug policy: human rights abuses in the war on drugs are widespread and systematic. 

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    Entre realidad y abstracción

    • Mirella van Dun, Hugo Cabieses Cubas, Pien Metaal
    25 January 2013

    En la Conferencia Internacional sobre Desarrollo Alternativo (ICAD) celebrada el 15 y 16 de noviembre en la ciudad de Lima, Perú siguió insistiendo en la pertinencia del “desarrollo alternativo” y en particular sobre el llamado “milagro” o “modelo” de San Martín. Este modelo fue propuesto por el Perú como paradigma a seguir en otras zonas del país y por otros países en el mundo entero con problemas asociados a cultivos de fines ilícitos.

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    César Guedes: “La quinua es un mejor producto que la coca”

    18 January 2013
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    César Guedes, jefe en Bolivia de la Oficina de las Naciones Unidas para el Control de las Drogas y la Prevención del Delito (Unodc), asegura que el desafío de exportar la coca sin alcaloides, que se propuso el Gobierno boliviano, se enfrenta al reto de encontrar mercados que ve pequeños o casi cerrados. Dice que la quinua es una apuesta más interesante. Califica como un logro importante de la diplomacia boliviana el retorno del país a la Convención de 1961.

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    Principios Guía Internacionales de las NN.UU. sobre Desarrollo Alternativo

    Coletta Youngers
    12 November 2012

    icad-peru-logoEn noviembre de 2011, fui invitada por el gobierno de Tailandia a formar parte de una delegación internacional para desarrollar un conjunto de Principios Guía Internacionales de las Naciones Unidas sobre Desarrollo Alternativo. Nuestro trabajo empezó con un viaje de cinco días de duración a través de la frontera entre Tailandia y Birmania, para trabar contacto directo con programas de desarrollo que han tenido éxito en eliminar virtualmente la producción de amapola en ese país.

  19. IDPC response to the UNODC World Drug Report 2012

    31 October 2012
    Report

    This IDPC response to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)’s flagship publication, the World Drug Report, provides an overview of the data and topics presented in the Report and where appropriate, within the broader context of the current state of the UN drug control framework, offer a critical analysis of both.

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    Guedes: Bolivia, en "cuenta final" para lograr apoyo al akulliku

    24 October 2012
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    cesar-guedesEl representante en Bolivia de la Oficina de las Naciones Unidas para las Drogas y el Delito (Onudd), César Guedes, señaló que la fecha decisiva cuando se conocerá si existen objeciones para su readmisión a la Convención de 1961 con la reserva sobre el masticado de la coca o akulliku, es el 10 de enero del próximo año. Luego de nueve meses que han transcurrido desde su salida de la Convención, dijo que estos tres últimos meses son cruciales para conseguir el respaldo necesario. (Véase también: Esperan readmisión a la Convención de 1961)

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