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  1. The 2015 Commission on Narcotic Drugs

    • International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC)
    14 Junio 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 Road to UNGASS 2016

    • International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC)
    14 Abril 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 Marzo 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 Diciembre 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.

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

    28 Febrero 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.

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

    • International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC)
    31 Enero 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.

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

    19 Enero 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 Diciembre 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 Octubre 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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    Entre realidad y abstracción

    • Mirella van Dun, Hugo Cabieses Cubas, Pien Metaal
    25 Enero 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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    Principios Guía Internacionales de las NN.UU. sobre Desarrollo Alternativo

    Coletta Youngers
    12 Noviembre 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.

  12. IDPC response to the UNODC World Drug Report 2012

    31 Octubre 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.

  13. Governing The Global Drug Wars

    23 Octubre 2012
    Report

    Since 1909 the international community has worked to eradicate the abuse of narcotics. A century on, the efforts are widely acknowledged to have failed, and worse, have spurred black market violence and human rights abuses. How did this drug control system arise, why has it proven so durable in the face of failure, and is there hope for reform?

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    The 2012 Commission on Narcotic Drugs

    29 Abril 2012

    morales-cnd2012The year 2012 marks the centenary of the international drug control system and the first instance of a state being moved to denounce formally any of the UN drug control treaties. The 55th session of the Commission on Narcotics Drugs (CND), held in Vienna between 12th and 16th March, therefore looked set to be a fascinating event and did not disappoint. As expected, member states favouring the current regime praised its virtues and ongoing relevance 100 years since The Hague Opium Convention; behaviour that found support in the statements and positions of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB or Board).

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    Para avanzar en el debate mundial sobre las drogas

    Francisco Thoumi
    20 Noviembre 2011

    Un documento excepcional y oportuno de un investigador reconocido que lanza un desafío público al presidente Santos para formular desde Colombia una Hoja de Ruta que permita sacudir la camisa de fuerza institucional que mantiene el statu quo internacional y no deja avanzar hacia políticas más eficaces e inteligentes.

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    The 2011 Commission on Narcotic Drugs

    24 Marzo 2011

    UN_Flag_Half-MastThe 54th Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) was the first for the new Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Mr. Yury Fedotov, who held his maiden speech. It was also the first meeting since several states had objected to Bolivia’s proposed amendment to remove coca chewing from the 1961 UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. Furthermore, 2011 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1961 Convention: the bedrock of the current prohibition-oriented control system. TNI hosted a side event that critically examined the significance and shortcomings of the Convention and discussed the current state of affairs of Bolivia's amendment on coca chewing.

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    El Informe Mundial sobre las Drogas 2010

    26 Octubre 2010

    wdr2010idpc-sEl objetivo del presente documento es ofrecer una visión y un análisis generales del contenido del Informe y destacar una serie de cuestiones que despiertan especial interés e inquietud.

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    El Informe Mundial sobre las Drogas 2009

    30 Noviembre 2009

    idpc-wdr-response-2009sLa Oficina de las Naciones Unidas contra la Droga y el Delito (ONUDD) publicó su último informe sobre la situación del mercado mundial de los estupefacientes ilegales, el Informe Mundial sobre las Drogas 2009, el día 24 de junio.  Fue la primera edición de lo que se presenta como la publicación estrella de la ONUDD desde que finalizó, el pasado mes de marzo, el proceso de revisión de la UNGASS de 1998.

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    Llamado a la acción: por la reforma de la política de drogas

    25 Junio 2009

    Llamado a la acción
    Día mundial de lucha contra las drogas, 26 de junio de 2009

    Coincidiendo con la presentación del Informe Mundial sobre las Drogas de la ONU correspondiente a 2009, más de 40 grupos y expertos internacionales instan hoy a que se actúe y se presione para que los Gobiernos adopten un enfoque más humano con respecto a las políticas de drogas.

    El llamado a la acción –firmado, entre otros, por el Transnational Institute (TNI), el Fondo Mundial de Lucha contra el SIDA, la Tuberculosis y la Malaria, y el ex presidente brasileño Fernando Cardoso– exhorta a los Gobiernos a aplicar políticas que se basen más en investigaciones médicas y científicas, y menos en cuestiones estrictamente políticas.

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    Descargar el llamado a la acción: apoyar una reforma a la política global de drogas

  20. Global Illicit Drug Markets 1998-2007

    • Peter Reuter (RAND), Franz Trautmann (Trimbos Institute) (eds.)
    15 Marzo 2009
    Report

    This report commissioned by the European Commission, found no evidence that the global drug problem has been reduced during the period from 1998 to 2007 – the primary target of the 1998 UNGASS, which aimed to significantly reduce the global illicit drugs problem by 2008 through international cooperation and measures in the field of drug supply and drug demand reduction. Broadly speaking the situation has improved a little in some of the richer countries, while for others it worsened, and for some of those it worsened sharply and substantially', among which are a few large developing or transitional countries. Given the limitations of the data, a fair judgment is that the problem became somewhat more severe.

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