To read this content please select one of the options below:

Global drug control norms will shift

Friday, February 27, 2015


Shift in the global fight against drugs.


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will convene a UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the World Drug Problem in 2016. The last UNGASS on the World Drug Problem was held in 1998. A ten-year review of global drug policies had previously been scheduled for 2019, but insistence by Mexico, Colombia and Nicaragua brought the session forward. Pro-reform countries are pushing to reframe UN drug policy around reducing social and economic harms of drugs, rather than eliminating their use.


  • UN drug control policy is likely to be re-centred around development, human rights and health, as well as law enforcement.
  • After marijuana legalisation in some states, US authorities may reiterate their call for "flexibility" in interpreting UN drug conventions.
  • Harm reduction programmes that stem HIV/AIDS transmission among injecting drug users will gain increased international acceptance.

Related articles

Expert Briefings logo
Stay up to date
Sign up to the Expert Daily Briefings email alert and receive up-to-the-minute analysis of global events as they happen.
*If your university does not have access to Expert Briefings, visit our information page to find out more.