Tag: UNGASS

12
Dec

United Nations Drug Policy Advocacy Handbook Launch

After many months of hard work, we are delighted to launch our United Nations Advocacy Handbook. This handbook is an introduction to the Global Drug Control System and how you can influence it, no matter where you live. SSDP is dedicated to bringing the youth voice to drug policy reform and this is how you can do it at the

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5
Oct

Report on the CND Intersessional Meetings

Written by Orsi Fehér of SSDP Austria The Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) assembled in Vienna the last week of September for a series of intersessional meetings focused on the follow-up to the UNGASS outcome document. Each day was dedicated to debating one of the first few chapters of the document, which was finalized during the 2016 special session. Topics

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9
Jan

INTL Youth Convening Day One: Fostering a Global Youth Movement

As the first day of the International Youth Drug Strategies Convening kicked off in Bangkok today, young people from around the world discussed the ways in which the global drug war has impacted their communities. The first activity of the day asked each participant to share their beliefs about drug policy. The group discussed the need for gender-sensitive policies, the

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30
Jun

Mexico: Instead of Denying Crimes Against Humanity, Commit to Drug Policy Alternatives

Written by Camila Ruiz Segovia, an intern with the Drug Policy Alliance and a member of Brown University SSDP. This piece first appeared on the Drug Policy Alliance Blog. Earlier this month, the Open Society Foundations published a ground-breaking report, “Undeniable Atrocities”, which accuses the Mexican government of committing crimes against humanity during Mexico’s Drug War. The work presents evidence compiled over

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6
May

Here Is Everything that Happened During UNGASS Week

The long-awaited United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) was a victory on paper for defenders of the status quo, but it’s clear that overall support for the international drug control regime is rapidly decreasing across the world. The weak outcome document, finalized last month in Vienna by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, was adopted on the first day of

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4
Apr

Are Drug Policies Protecting Youth?

Written by Sarah Merrigan, SSDP UNGASS Coordinator Intern and member of the Board of Directors “But what about the children?” is a question often asked during conversations about drug policy reform, but rarely answered by the children themselves. However, at this year’s 59th Commission on Narcotic Drugs, Students for Sensible Drug Policy partnered with our global allies to turn the

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15
Mar

SSDP at the 59th Commission on Narcotic Drugs

  The 59th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) is scheduled for March 14 – March 22 in Vienna, Austria. Over the next several days, member states will start their final preparations for the upcoming United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the World Drug Problem. SSDP is here with our allies in CSSDP, SSDP UK, YODA,

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3
Feb

Calling All Student Artists and Creative Minds!

Are you an artist who has a message to share about the harms of the Drug War? Do you feel strongly about how international drug control regimes affect youth all across the globe? Can you utilize your creative talents to draw a connection between drug policies and human rights? If you answered yes, then SSDP wants you to contribute to one

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3
Feb

Re-evaluating the Metrics of Drug Policy at the UN

Written by Rebecca Dayan, chapter leader of Sarah Lawrence College SSDP. On January 21st, the International Centre for Science in Drug Policy (ICSDP) launched its open letter titled “A Call for A Reprioritization of Metrics to Evaluate Illicit Drug Policy” with a panel of four experts at the United Nations. The ICSDP, a group of scientists and academics, wrote this

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30
Dec

Our favorite 15 highlights of 2015

2015 was a banner year for SSDP, and you can read all about our favorite 15 highlights of the year below. With unprecedented opportunities for local, state, national, and international reform, 2016 could be even bigger with more chapter growth, more new programs, and more new policy changes as a result. We couldn’t be more excited about what our student

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18
Dec

Summary of Activities for SSDP's Model UNGASS General Assembly Session

Written by Rachelle Yeung ’12, President of SSDP’s Mid-Atlantic Region Alumni Association and co-host of This Week in Drugs. SSDP would like to thank our UNGASS Advisory Committee for devoting their time and expertise towards ensuring students were well prepared for the event. In addition to advising us on the format for the event, advisory committee members reviewed country position

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9
Nov

Submit Your Idea for SSDP's Action at the 2016 UNGASS!

On Monday April 18th, SSDP students and allies will board busses from our annual conference in Washington, DC to New York City to join allies in public demonstrations drawing attention to the 2016 UNGASS. This is an opportunity to bring youth voices together in one large action that will send a clear message to UN member states on the eve

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10
Oct

13th World Day Against the Death Penalty: Drug Crimes

Written by Sarah Merrigan, University of Nebraska Omaha SSDP Chapter Leader and UNGASS Coordinator Intern Saturday, October 10th marks the 13th World Day Against the Death Penalty, and this year the focus is on the use of the capital punishment for drug-related crimes. While the use of capital punishment has generally declined over the last few decades, a report published this

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6
Jul

SSDP's Model UNGASS 2016

At this year’s biennial International Drug Policy Reform Conference, Students for Sensible Drug Policy will host a simulation of the upcoming United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the World Drug Problem. This simulation, which will be formatted similar to a typical Model UN, will serve as a way for students to become familiar with the ins and outs

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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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