Actions and Detail Panel
The UN's drugs policy; right at last or so, so wrong?
Wed 29 June 2016, 18:45 – 20:45 BST
Baroness Meacher, Co-Chair, Drug Policy Reform All Party Parliamentary Group
HE Mr Nestor Osorio, Ambassador of Colombia
Steve Rolles, Transform Drug Policy Foundation
Anne Marie Cockburn, Anyone's Child
Chris Ford, International Doctors for Healthier Drugs Policies
The Drugs Crisis has it all; crime, torture, capital punishment, human rights violations, Cold War echoes, missed Sustainable Development Goals, rival interpretations of international law and escalating HIV and overdose deaths. The UN’s three drug conventions are both revered and reviled. The UN General Assembly accelerated its review process, aiming to tackle the crisis with a special session in April. Some call its Outcome Document a human rights 'win', others claim they were excluded from the debate. Some countries called for drugs to be decriminalised or legally regulated - saying that major countries remain in denial. So will some of these now walk away?
Our expert speakers will help you make sense of one of the UN’s most intractable challenges.