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Diplomacy or denialism: World leaders heading towards monumental failure in tackling global drug problem at UN summit

“These member states will have no opportunity to debate the UNGASS Outcome Document because, bizarrely, the document is set to be agreed at the beginning of the meeting.”

“Any proposed language that challenged the failings of the current system, or called for meaningful changes to the status quo, was systematically ignored, marginalised, vetoed, watered down, or over looked in the negotiations. The global community had high hopes for this important opportunity for a considered re-think of how to control drugs, but by denying the realities on the ground and failing to admit a new approach is required, governments are at risk of squandering this rare moment,” warns Ann Fordham, Executive Director of the International Drug Policy Consortium. “There is still time to rescue the process before the final summit in New York next month, but governments must be honest about the challenges and allow new thinking and new ideas”. It was originally called for by Colombia, Mexico and Guatemala in 2012. At the time, these governments felt that an urgent debate on drug policy was needed. More than 100 member states… played no role whatsoever in the negotiations.

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Diplomacy or denialism: World leaders heading towards monumental failure in tackling global drug problem at UN summit
Artwork by: Andrew Bardwell

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