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  1. Just Say Coca

    Jimmy Langman
    30 October 2006
    Other news

    Bolivian president Evo Morales recently implored the United Nations to give the coca leaf a new life. A former coca farmer himself, Morales asked the General Assembly to focus on coca's possible future as the raw material for a lucrative consumer-goods industry--not its nefarious present, as the source of the international cocaine trade. "This is the coca leaf, it is green, and not white like cocaine," Morales lectured, waving one limp little leaf at the hall of surprised dignitaries. Why, he demanded, is it "legal for Coca-Cola" but not other consumer or medicinal uses?

  2. The 2006 World Drug Report: winning the war on drugs?

    01 September 2006

    This briefing paper looks at the issues raised by the publication in June of the latest World Drug Report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. The briefing paper analyses the developing data collection methodologies used by the UNODC and, while recognising their limitations, summarises the findings of the 2006 report on trends in the demand and supply of the main types of internationally prohibited drugs.

     

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    90 Official documents on the coca leaf and cocaine

    Drugs and Democracy
    01 August 2006
    Article

    90 Official documents on the coca leaf and cocaine.

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    United Nations Drug Control Overview

    20 July 2006
    Article

    Overview and links on UN drug control.

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    Bolivia's Reservations to the 1988 Convention

    Drugs and Democracy
    18 July 2006
    Article

    Bolivia's Reservations to the 1988 United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances.

  6. International Drug Control: 100 Years of Success?

    26 June 2006
    Policy briefing

    In its 2006 World Drug Report, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) struggles to construct success stories to convince the world that the global drug control regime has been an effective instrument. An escape-route used in this year's World Drug Report is to fabricate comparisons with higher opium production levels a century ago and with higher prevalence figures for tobacco.

     

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    International drug control: 100 years of success?

    • Drugs and Democracy
    01 June 2006

    In its 2006 World Drug Report, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) struggles to construct success stories to convince the world that the global drug control regime has been an effective instrument.

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    The UNGASS Evaluation Process Evaluated

    • Tom Blickman, Dave Bewley-Taylor
    01 June 2006

    This briefing describes the fortunes of the draft resolution tabled by the EU to guide the process of evaluation of the implementation of political declaration and action plans of the 1998 UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) in 2008.

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    Coca Yes, Cocaine No?

    • Martin Jelsma, Pien Metaal, Ricardo Soberon, Mario Argandoña, Anthony Henman, Ximena Echeverría
    09 May 2006

    This issue of Drugs and Conflict explains the motives, context and range of the demand to remove the coca leaf from strict international drugs controls, as well as the procedures that need to be followed to reach this objective.

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    An Agenda for Vienna: Italy presentation

    Martin Jelsma
    01 May 2006
    Article

    Seminar "From Venezia to Vienna. For a Pragmatic and Effective Alternative to the War on Drugs", Forum Droghe, Venice, 28/29 March 2003

  11. Coca Yes, Cocaine No?

    • Pien Metaal, Martin Jelsma, Ricardo Soberon, Mario Argandoña, Anthony Henman, Ximena Echeverría
    01 May 2006
    Report

    A decade-old demand to remove the coca leaf from strict international drugs controls has come to the fore again. Time has come to repair an historical error responsible for including the leaf amongst the most hazardous classified substances, causing severe consequences for the Andean region.

     

  12. The UNGASS Evaluation Evaluated

    • Tom Blickman, Dave Bewley-Taylor
    01 May 2006

    At the 49th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), held in Vienna in March 2006, a draft resolution was tabled by the European Union (EU) to guide the process of evaluation of the implementation of political declaration and action plans of the 1998 UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) in 2008. This briefing describes the fortunes of the resolution and its proposals to strengthen the upcoming UNGASS evaluation process. It explores how the resolution’s aims for more objective and transparent assessment were ultimately watered down. This was a result not only of opposition from states wary of transparency, objectivity and a possible re-evaluation of some current UN policies, but also the EU’s own approach to operating at the CND.

     

  13. Beyond Punitive Prohibition

    • Melissa T. Aoyagi
    01 March 2006

    The primary objective of this paper is to evaluate whether the drug conventions permit states to experiment with alternatives to the punitive prohibitionist policies that have typified the global approach to combating the negative effects of personal drug use. Because harm minimization encompasses most policies providing alternatives to punitive prohibition, the analysis that follows will focus on comparing the two strategies, in an effort to frame the current debate on drug policy.