Various agendas and exponents are present in Vienna where member states of the UN have united at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), the primary authority on drug policy in the United Nations. They are here to discuss and make decisions regarding questions related to the world system of drug control, the work program initiated by The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (ONUDD), and the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB).
After more than six months of negotiations, the UN member states gathered in Vienna at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), the United Nations’ principal drug policies organ, provided an international statement on world drug policy that does not recognize the serious shortcomings of the dominant approach in the fight against drugs, despite the numerous and unprecedented demands for reform made by European and Latin American countries.
Latin American governments made an unprecedented call for an end to the drug war, after months of trying to negotiate a joint statement. This historic stand for reform took place at a meeting of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND)—the lead policymaking body for international drug control—which is happening in Vienna from 13-21 March.
For the first time in its history, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has granted a hearing to analyze the serious impact of drug policies on human rights. The hearing was requested by sixteen regional organizations and will take place on March 25, during the Commission’s 150th Session in Washington. The opening of this debate constitutes an achievement regarding the Commission’s involvement in this issue.
Graciela Touzé, president of Intercambios, during the roundtable on Demand Reduction, on the first day of the High Level Segment of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, said that "Civil society is willing and ready to engage in a process to do this (demand reduction). We have identified several key gaps that need bridging. Let’s all work together to develop a strategy to make sure this work gets started in the coming year".
The 2014 Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) starts tomorrow and runs through March 21 in Vienna, Austria, and includes the High Level Review that will be held on 13 and 14 March. The High-level Segment will review the progress and challenges since the adoption of the 2009 Political Declaration and Plan of Action on the world drug problem. Intercambios was invited to participate as an exponent of civil society.
Before a new session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has released two documents that set the organization’s new guidelines on Drug Policy worldwide. Here, an analysis by the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) on the UN position.
Intercambios adheres to the UNAIDS campaign that aims to fight discrimination linked to the HIV epidemic. Recent epidemiological data indicate that in Argentina an estimated 110,000 people have HIV. The motto is "Zero Discrimination” and the symbol of the international campaign is a butterfly as a metaphor of transformation and change to end the stigma and discrimination related to HIV epidemic.
The changes that occurred in the field of drug policy in the region in recent months are paving the way for the next stages of debate. Not only Uruguay advanced in this regard with the regulation of the cannabis market, but Colorado and Washington liberalized its purchase and consumption.más
Intercambios Civil Association participated and developed dozens of activities contributing to the discussion on Drug Policy at national and international level. All was made possible thanks to collaborators,partner organizations and sponsors. We want to share the achievements with you. We invite you to continue accompanying us.más