Upcoming event: The lost decade in the global war on drugs

Organised by the Global Commission on Drug Policy in partnership with the Graduate Institute and the International Drug Policy Consortium, with the support of Le Temps


17H30-19H00 GMT
Followed by a reception
Auditorium Ivan Pictet B
Maison de la Paix
Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2


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In 2009, UN member states set 2019 as the target date for eradicating the illegal drug market. Next March, the international community will take stock of progress and delineate the global drug strategy for the next decade.

In the absence of a formal review for the last 10 years of drug control, the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) has produced a civil society shadow report, which assesses the progress made, or lack thereof, against the objectives of 2009. The analysis shows that the scale of drug cultivation, production, trafficking and use has increased exponentially over the past decade, and the negative impacts on human rights have been severe.

This conference aims to encourage an exchange of ideas on policy and practice regarding drug control policies at the multilateral level and discuss how punitive drug policies impact the International Geneva mandates.


Helen Clark, Former Prime Minister of New Zealand and former Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, Member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy
Valentin Zellweger, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations Office at Geneva
Mariângela Simão, Assistant Director-General of the World Health Organization
Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou, Professor, International History, the Graduate Institute, Geneva
Ann Fordham, Executive Director of the International Drug Policy Consortium
Anya Sarang, President of the Andrey Rylkov Foundation

With closing remarks by Ruth Dreifuss, former President of Switzerland and Chair of the Global Commission on Drug Policy.

Moderated by Stéphane Bussard, Reporter, Le Temps

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