CND informal consensus rule tested in decriminalization standoff

CND Intersessional Meeting, Monday, 5th November 2013
IDPC blog
Monday, November 6, 2013

Country delegations to the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) don’t usually vote on things… The protocol is that member states reach consensus on language and policy (often meaning that the final language reflects the lowest common denominator). Usually this diplomatic process works and delegates compromise. However, at the most recent inter-sessional meeting of the CND on 5th November, some delegates drew “red lines” and staked out non-negotiable positions on key issues.