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TNI at UNGASS 2016: reports from New York

Global drug policy could see major changes at the UNGASS (April 19-21), but political divisions and entrenched institutional dynamics have dampened hopes that it will mark the beginning of the end of the war on drugs. The Transnational Institute's Drugs and Democracy team will be in New York.


  1. Time for evaluation of UNGASS 2016

  2. Tom Blickman, a researcher at Amsterdam-based Transnational Institute’s Drugs and Democracy Programme, said that a regional shift in fighting drugs would come down to whether ASEAN countries are open to adopting new strategies.
    “It will depend on the will of individual counties to provide room for other strategies,” he said.
  3. "This UNGASS has not been a victory for the drug warriors. The UN drug control system was faced with a choice: evolve or die. They have chosen the latter. It now falls to reform-minded states and civil society to build something better from the ashes of this UNGASS. If you want the real story of this UNGASS, don’t look at what’s in the outcome document, look at what’s not in it – the submissions from UN human rights agencies, UNAIDS, and the UN Development Programme, the UNGASS plenary statements from Colombia, Uruguay, Jamaica, Canada, the Czech republic and others – and listen to the voices of civil society, the drug war’s victims and their families. That’s where the future lies."

  4. The outcome document to be approved by the UN General Assembly at the UNGASS on April 19-21, 2016, was finalized at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) on March 14-22, 2016.
  5. Following his statement at the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on drugs in which he called for more prevention, partial decriminalization and a public health approach, Mexico's president Enrique Peña Nieto has announced plans to introduced laws to legalise medical marijuana and increase the quantity anyone can carry and consume for recreational purposes from five grams to 28 grams.
  6. Day 3: April 21, 2016 - Final day of UNGASS

  7. Round Table 5 on Alternative Development and development-oriented drug control policy

  8. Representatives of growers of prohibited plants take the floor: Amapola Duran (in Spanish), a coca grower from Peru, and Nang Pann Ei, representing opium growers in Myanmar.