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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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    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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    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.

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    Drugs programme activities 1997-2009

    Drugs and Democracy
    01 March 2009
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    Summary of TNI's involvement on the Drugs issue since 1998 and until March 2009.

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    United Nations Drug Control Overview

    20 July 2006
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    Overview and links on UN drug control.

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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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    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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    UNGASS 1998

    17 November 2005
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    Change of Course

    • Martin Jelsma
    01 March 2003

    By 1998, when the United Nations convened a special General Assembly on drugs, there was already overwhelming evidence that the current approach to global drugs control had failed miserably, given the continuing rise in consumption and production. However, the evidence was ignored and no evaluation of what was wrong with current drug policy took place. Instead, as a New York Times editorial noted, unrealistic pledges were recycled, this time aiming at eliminating all drug production by the year 2008. In mid-April this year, the mid-term review of the goals and targets set by the special session on drugs is to take place in Vienna.

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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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    World Drug Day

    Drugs and Democracy
    26 June 2009
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    World Drug Day 2009

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    The WHO cocaine project

    04 February 2010
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    In 1995 the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) announced in a press release the publication of the results of the largest global study on cocaine use ever undertaken.

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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".

  15. The WHO Cocaine Project

    03 March 1995

    In 1995 the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) announced in a press release the publication of the results of the largest global study on cocaine use ever undertaken. A decision in the World Health Assembly banned the publication of the study. The US representative threatened that "if WHO activities relating to drugs failed to reinforce proven drug control approaches, funds for the relevant programmes should be curtailed". This led to the decision to discontinue publication.

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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

  17. The United Nations General Assembly Special Session on drugs in 2016

    Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch
    16 February 2015
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    In April 2016, representatives of the world’s nations will gather to evaluate drug policy in a United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS). While prohibitionist policies are still the norm, a rising tide of voices are demanding evidence based responses that respect human rights, promote public health, and reduce crime.

  18. Promoting dialogue toward more effective and humane drug policies in Latin America

    15 July 2010
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    TNI-WOLA's new website documents the human toll of failed drug policies in Latin America, providing information, analysis, testimonies and information on efforts for reform.

  19. Beyond 2008 – a truly remarkable event

    Martin Jelsma
    12 July 2008
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    Earlier this week, 7-9 July, 300 delegates met in Vienna for the Beyond 2008 NGO Forum meant to provide civil society input for the 10-year UNGASS review. It was the culmination of a series of regional NGO consultations that took place over the past six months all across the globe. Given the wide range of views held by NGOs many – including myself – were sceptical about the outcomes of the process. Would it really be possible to agree by consensus on a joint declaration and resolutions? Well, we did it…

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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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