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.