Items tagged with UNODC

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Human Rights and drug policy [01.01.2020] The Transnational Institute (TNI) has always believed in the need to find global answers to global problems, been a strong defender of multilateralis...
Opioid tramadol destabilizes, fuels terror in parts of Africa, UN warns [15.12.2017] The illegal trade and growing abuse of tramadol, a synthetic opioid, are destabilizing parts of West Africa, especially in the Sahel region, where it...
Illegal drug market is booming, says UN watchdog [22.06.2017] The world’s illicit drug economy is “thriving” owing to large increases in the production of heroin and cocaine and a wider spectrum of synthetic sub...
Mexico opens up its heroin fight to U.S., U.N. observers [07.04.2017] For the first time in at least a decade, Mexico's army is allowing the United States and the United Nations to observe opium poppy eradication, a ste...
UNGASS 2016: A Broken or B-r-o-a-d Consensus? [05.07.2016] A special session of the General Assembly took place in April revealing a growing divergence in the global drug policy landscape. Difficult negotiati...
Iran under pressure to abolish death penalty for drug trafficking [27.06.2016] Iran is under pressure to end its use of death penalty against drug traffickers after facing a serious shortfall in the international funding of the ...
Is the global cocaine trade in decline? [23.06.2016] The latest United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) 2016 World Drug Report presents a long-term analysis of cocaine production, seizures and ...
The UN’s war on drugs is a failure [02.04.2016] A policy of prohibition has put the drugs trade in the hands of criminals and led to suffering for millions. 2008 was the year that the world didn’t ...
The other opioid crisis – people in poor countries can’t get the pain medication they need [24.03.2016] Hospitals in the U.S. and Europe routinely prescribe opioids for chronic cancer pain, end-of-life palliative care and some forms of acute pain, like ...
Striving for system-wide coherence [11.03.2016] In April 2016, the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) will convene its 30th Special Session (or ‘UNGASS’) – and the third to focus on the ‘w...
Iran executed all adult men in one village for drug offences, official reveals [25.02.2016] The entire adult male population of a village in southern Iran has been executed for drug offences, according to Iran’s vice-president for women and ...
As UNGASS approaches, yet another devastating UN critique of the drug war is published [08.12.2015] A significant positive outcome has already emerged from next year’s UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on drugs in the form of much more di...
UN agency urged to publish leaked paper backing drug legalisation [21.10.2015] Delegates at the 2015 Harm Reduction Conference in Malaysia called on the United Nations drugs agency to officially release a leaked paper detailing ...
The truth behind the UNODC's leaked decriminalisation paper [20.10.2015] The UN Office on Drugs and Crime has responded to the 'leak' of its paper calling for the decriminalisation of drug possession for personal use. The ...
UN attempt to decriminalise drugs foiled [19.10.2015] A paper from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has been withdrawn after pressure from at least one country. The document, which was leaked, re...
UN poised to call for decriminalisation of drugs, says Richard Branson [19.10.2015] The United Nations is on the verge of issuing a call for all governments to decriminalise the possession and use of all drugs, according to businessm...
The 2015 Commission on Narcotic Drugs [14.06.2015] The international drug control regime is facing the most profound challenge of its existence. Member states have for some time been experimenting wit...
The new drug warriors [01.05.2015] The war on drugs is edging towards a truce. Half of Americans want to lift the ban on cannabis. America’s change of heart has led many to wonder if t...
UNGASS 2016: Prospects for Treaty Reform and UN System-Wide Coherence on Drug Policy [28.04.2015] This paper explores key lessons from the 1990 Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly on Drug Abuse (UNGASS 1990) and the 1998 Special...
The Road to UNGASS 2016 [14.04.2015] 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...
Drugs and development: The great disconnect [31.12.2014] This report argues that ‘drugs’ are a development issue and must be recognised as such by development agencies. The cultivation of opium poppy, coca ...
The UN really wishes that voters in Alaska and Oregon hadn’t legalized weed [13.11.2014] The director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Yury Fedotov, said that state-level marijuana legalization initiatives in the U.S. are ...
A top UN official is not happy about US states legalizing weed [13.11.2014] The UN's top narcotics official said on Wednesday that recent votes by US states to legalize marijuana have put America in deeper violation of the in...
U.S. states' pot legalization not in line with international law: U.N. agency [12.11.2014] Moves by some U.S. states to legalize marijuana are not in line with international drugs conventions, the U.N. anti-narcotics chief said, adding he w...
Analysis: Rethinking global drug policy [15.09.2014] What would the world look like if governments - instead of crime syndicates - controlled drug markets and drug use was decriminalized? A new report b...
Global drug policy is still deadly and ineffective [02.06.2014] If you actually read the treaties, while they do set firm limitations on the legal, "non-medical" or "non-scientific" sale of schedule drugs — limits...
The Rise and Decline of Cannabis Prohibition [10.03.2014] The cannabis plant has been used for spiritual, medicinal and recreational purposes since the early days of civilization. In this report the Transnat...
UN High-Level Segment on Drugs, March 2014 [28.02.2014] 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). ...
UNODC’s shifting position on drug policy: Progress and challenges [31.01.2014] In March 2014, country delegations will gather at the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) to review progress and challenges in internat...
UNODC Executive Director releases "contributions" ahead of CND High-Level Segment on drugs [19.01.2014] 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, ha...
INCB vs Uruguay: the art of diplomacy [17.12.2013] International tensions over Uruguay’s decision to regulate the cannabis market reached new levels when Raymond Yans, president of the International N...
More U.N. states quietly say no to drug war [06.12.2013] An internal United Nations draft document leaked last weekend has offered outsiders a rare look at longstanding disagreements between member states o...
IDPC Response to the UNODC World Drug Report 2013 [11.10.2013] 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 pro...
Denmark ends Iranian drug crime support [09.04.2013] The Danish development minister, Christian Friis Bach (Radikale), has decided to cease providing financial support to a United Nations anti-drug prog...
An ugly truth in the war on drugs [11.03.2013] This week, representatives from many nations will gather at the annual meeting of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna to determ...
Between Reality and Abstraction [31.12.2012] At the International Conference on Alter­native Development (ICAD), held 15-16 November 2012 in Lima, the Peruvian Government continued to insist on ...
An opportunity lost [18.11.2012] At the International Conference on Alternative Development (ICAD), held in Lima from 14 to 16 November, the Peruvian Government supported by the UNOD...
UN International Guiding Principles on Alternative Development [08.11.2012] In November 2011 I was invited by the Thai government to take part in an international delegation to develop a set of UN International Guiding Princi...
IDPC response to the UNODC World Drug Report 2012 [31.10.2012] 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...
UK aid to Iran's war on drugs has led to rise in hangings, UN warns [27.10.2012] Britain's funding of Iran's anti-drugs trafficking programmes has been called into question after a UN watchdog expressed alarm at a sharp rise in th...
Governing The Global Drug Wars [23.10.2012] Since 1909 the international community has worked to eradicate the abuse of narcotics. A century on, the efforts are widely acknowledged to have fail...
Guatemala, Colombia, Mexico Urge UN to Review Global Drug Policy [03.10.2012] Colombia, Mexico and Guatemala delivered a landmark declaration to the United Nations Secretary General calling on the organization to lead a debate ...
How International Aid for Drug Enforcement Fuels Human Rights Abuses [02.10.2012] It is increasingly clear that there is a fundamental lack of oversight of how international aid – provided by the US, Europe and the United Nations t...
The 2012 Commission on Narcotic Drugs [29.04.2012] The 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 ...
IDPC response to the UNODC 2011 World Drug Report [31.08.2011] 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...
The Russian drug czar vs. methadone: Parcel of lies [15.04.2011] HCLU's video advocacy team filmed the press conference of the Russian government delegation at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs this year - our movie...
The 2011 Commission on Narcotic Drugs [25.03.2011] The 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....
Do we really want a Russian UN Drug Czar? [09.07.2010] According to the Transform blog, it has been confirmed that the Russian diplomat Yuri V. Fedotov has been appointed as the new Executive Director of ...
A Russian Drug Czar for the world? [06.07.2010] A top Russian diplomat, Yuri V. Fedotov, has emerged as the front-runner in the race to become the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and C...
The 2009 World Drug Report [30.09.2009] The World Drug Report 2009 was the first publication of note to come from the UNODC since the High Level Segment of the 52nd session of the Commissio...

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