Tag: UN

21
Nov

Summary of Activities from Day One of SSDP's Model UNGASS

The first day of SSDP’s Model UNGASS is in the books. Delegates convened into three committees in order to approve recommendations that will be brought forth to the General Assembly session today at 1:30pm. What follows is a summary of the discussions in all three committees, as recorded by several student observers. For a description of each committee and the

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11
Mar

CND 2015 is Underway in Vienna

The 58th sessions of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs is underway this week as member states and NGOs from around the world gather in Vienna, Austria for arguably the largest and most important international drug policy conference in the world. As a UN-recognized NGO since 2011, SSDP is invited every year to attend and observe the sessions and

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30
Apr

A Report on Student Participation at the Annual Meeting of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs, Vienna, March 2014

A delegation of seven students from SSDP disembarked into a wind whipping the city of Vienna eagerly anticipating participating in the 57th session of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs. We were privileged to be representing our Irish, Canadian and United Kingdom student networks, and all the nations which are part of the SSDP International Outreach Committee. We discovered

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17
Mar

SSDP in the United Nations “Protecting Youth with Drug Policy: Criminalisation has failed”

Students of our far-reaching international network embark to Vienna to the annual meeting of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs this week to deliver a panel presentation entitled “Protecting Youth with Drug Policy: Criminalisation has Failed.” The event is being organised by members of SSDP’s International Outreach Committee composed of SSDP Canada, UK and Ireland. This will be SSDP’s

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14
Dec

Uruguay's Mujica Defends Marijuana Legalization

The President of Uruguay has defended himself against accusations from the United Nations concerning his country’s recent passage of a bill to legalize marijuana. “Tell this old man not to lie,” José Mujica remarked1, in reponse to claims by Raymond Yans, head of the International Narcotics Control Board, that Mujica had refused to meet with a UN delegation to discuss the

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1
Nov

SSDP welcomes the National University of Ireland Galway chapter!

I am so thrilled to announce our newest official chapter, all the way from Europe, the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG)! This is our second chapter in Ireland, both founded by our International student Board member Graham deBarra. Graham has done a tremendous amount of work bringing SSDP and our mission to Ireland. He first founded the chapter at University College

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7
Oct

Switzerland Decriminalizes Cannabis

This article originally published on http://the-libertarian.co.uk/ As of this month, marijuana is now decriminalized in all of Switzerland. The new measure was passed last year and went into effect on the first of this month. Anyone caught with 10 grams or less of the substance will now be free of any threat of criminal penalties, and will only be required to pay

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26
Jun

New Report, Old Solutions on International Drug Day

Today is the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has released a new report encouraging people to stay healthy by abstaining from drug use. The report expounds more on the dangers of drugs and the necessity of discouraging their use, emphasizing in particular the risks presented by the plethora

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29
Jun

Further reflections on the United Nations from SSDP

The two speakers whose words resonated with me the most were H.E. Harold Caballeros of Guatemala and David K. Mineta of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). As Mahogany outlined in her earlier post, Caballeros stated that Guatemala is in the worst possible position for stability; the country is located between the biggest drug producer in the world

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2
May

DEA forgets about UCSD student in custody for 5 days without food or water

Daniel Chong, a 23 year old University of California San Diego student, was detained by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and then left for dead for five days without food or water. On April 21, Daniel was smoking marijuana with friends when DEA agents suddenly burst through the door of his friend’s apartment with guns drawn. Daniel was detained and

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