The Geneva Drug Policy Week will take place between the 24th and the 28th of June 2019 in Geneva. Anyone interested in the current international debate surrounding drugs and drug policies. If you’re a professional in the field, working in a diplomatic mission, a researcher or a student, if you’re involved in politics, or in drug policy-related agencies, NGOs or simply a concerned citizen, come join us for the Week!

Flyer and detailed program

Press conference of the 19th of June 2019

Objectives

  • Bring together local and international actors in the field of drug policy;
  • Contribute to using Geneva’s informed voices and mandates for better outcomes in international drug policy;
  • Provide space for partners to exchange ideas and share experiences.

Issues

Since UNGASS 2016, there is a renewed debate concerning drug control and drug policies. The paradigm of an all-repressive strategy is being questioned, to allow other dimensions, such as human rights, health, conflicts, democracy and the environment, to be taken into consideration. Currently, Vienna and New York are places where the drug control system is being discussed. According to the UNGASS Outcome document, other agencies should also be included in the debate, to reflect wider, cross-cutting issues related to drug policy.  Geneva is therefore becoming  a center of discussion on drug policies. Indeed, many UN agencies and NGOs focusing on human rights and health are located in Geneva. The time and place are right for a movement bringing the current drug debate to Geneva.

The organizers are : the Geneva Platform, supported by the GREA and the Institute of Global Health of the University of Geneva will lead the organisation of the week, together with local and international partners working in the field of drug policy.

More informations : Jennifer Hasselgard-Rowe, Executive Coordinator, j.hasselgard@grea.ch, +41 79 633 59 05