Tag: United Nations

20
May

Harm Reduction & Drug Prevention: Civil Society’s Search For Common Ground

Author: Jacob Chagnon ’17 One of the most valuable aspects of attending the annual Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) is the opportunity to collaborate with other civil-society groups. This work extends beyond attending the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)-sponsored programming–the plenary, the side events–and beyond our network of youth-focused civil society, Paradigma. While many Non Governmental Organisations

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6
Mar

Things that aren’t Cannabis – CND Day 3

These blog posts are made in collaboration between CSSDP, SSDP and Youth RISE as part of our joint effort to provide youth with information about the Commission of Narcotic Drugs. We are the Paradigma Coalition. Authors: Alex Betsos (CSSDP) It’s day 3 of the 63rd session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs. Today was the day for cannabis to be

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5
Mar

The Early Rising Youth Activists

These blog posts are made in collaboration between CSSDP, SSDP and Youth RISE as part of our joint effort to provide youth with information about the Commission of Narcotic Drugs. We are the Paradigma Coalition. Author: Ailish Brennan (Youth RISE) The Second Day of the 63rd Session of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs started bright and early with

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3
Mar

The Beginning of the most boring CND – or is it

  These blog posts are made in collaboration between CSSDP, SSDP and Youth RISE as part of our joint effort to provide youth with information about the Commission of Narcotic Drugs. We are the Paradigma Coalition. Authors: Alex Betsos (CSSDP) and Róisín Downes (SSDP) Today is the 1st day of the 63rd session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND).

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21
Jan

SSDP at the United Nations: High-Level Policy Advocacy Webinar

We are happy to announce the second date for our United Nations Advocacy Webinar on Thursday, January 30th at 17:30 CET (11:30am EST, 8:30am PST). If you would like to participate, please email me at orsi.feher@ssdp.org. The webinar will follow the flow of Students for Sensible Drug Policy’s Youth Advocacy Handbook, introducing the global drug control system and the latest
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21
Jan

SSDP at the UN – High Level Policy Advocacy Webinar

We are happy to announce the second date for our UN advocacy webinar on Thursday, January 30th at 17:30 CET (11:30am EST, 8:30am PST). If you would like to participate, please email Orsi at orsi.feher@ssdp.org! The webinar will follow the flow of SSDP’s Youth Advocacy Handbook, introducing the global drug control system and the latest developments taking place around the

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7
Jan

Updates from the 62nd Reconvened Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs and How You Can Get Involved!

Written by Orsi Fehér ’16, SSDP’s European Global Fellow SSDP’s delegation to the 62nd reconvened session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) featured Jessica Steinberg from Oxford University, Panagiotis Sevris from SSDP Vienna, and Orsi Fehér, SSDP’s Global Fellow. While the session itself mainly dealt with administration and budgetary discussion and, as such, didn’t contain as much excitement as

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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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9
Dec

Expectations Vs. Reality: The Concerning Yet Hopeful Nature of UAE Drug Policy

This is an article by former Chapter Leader, Jacob Chagnon ’17, about his experiences running Students for Sensible Drug Policy Abu Dhabi and attending the Commission on Narcotic Drugs. If you’d like to support our non US chapters and our efforts at the United Nations, please donate to the International Activities Fund. One quick Google search about drug laws in

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30
Sep

UN Update: Noteworthy Tidbits About The Progress in Global Cannabis Policy reform

On September 23, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) convened in Vienna for the 5th intersessional meeting. Here is the low-down. What is CND? And what is an Intersessional? The CND is the main decision-making body of the United Nations in all drug control related matters. They make those decisions every March and convene meetings between the March sessions to

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28
Dec

Let’s Talk About International Cannabis Policy

By Orsi Feher ’16, SSDP’s Europe Global Fellow In November 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched a scientific assessment on the uses and potential harms of the plant Cannabis sativa L. and its derivatives through their Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD). Their final recommendation was expected to be presented to the United Nations’ Committee on Narcotic Drugs (CND)

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4
Dec

November International Bulletin

Welcome to the SSDP International Organizing Committee’s November Bulletin! Here you will find updates on some of the major SSDP activities happening around the world, as well as news and updates from the United Nations. This month’s bulletin will cover SSDP activities from the month of November. SSDP’s International Organizing Committee (IOC) is dedicated to supporting youth-led drug policy activism

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5
Nov

IOC October Monthly Bulletin

Shoutout to Dublin City University SSDP for the awesome pumpkin! Welcome to the SSDP International Organizing Committee’s October Bulletin! Here you will find updates on some of the major SSDP activities happening around the world, as well as news and updates from the United Nations. This month’s bulletin will cover SSDP activities from the month of October. SSDP’s International Organizing

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10
Oct

The Paradigma Global Youth Coalition Asks for the 2019 High Level Ministerial Segment

‘Paradigma’ is a global coalition of youth-led organizations working toward establishing evidence-based drug policies which reduce the harms of drug use and are grounded in human rights principles. The organizations that make up the Paradigma coalition represent thousands of young people in every region of the world. We acknowledge the many impacts of drug use, drug markets, and drug control

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4
Oct

IOC September Monthly Bulletin

Welcome to the SSDP International Organizing Committee’s September Bulletin! Here you will find updates on some of the major SSDP activities happening around the world, as well as news and updates from the United Nations. This month’s bulletin will cover SSDP activities from the month of September. SSDP’s International Organizing Committee (IOC) is dedicated to supporting youth-led drug policy activism

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10
Aug

July SSDP International Bulletin

Welcome to the SSDP International Organizing Committee’s first Monthly Bulletin! Here you will find updates on SSDP activities happening around the world, drug policy news from the United Nations and other countries, as well as calls to action. This month’s bulletin will cover news and activities from June 26th (the annual Support Don’t Punish Day of Action) through the end

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11
Jul

Takeaways from the Second Intersessional Meeting of the 61st Commission on Narcotic Drugs

Today, Panagiotis Sevris and Jessica Steinberg of SSDP Osterreich would like to share some of their key takeaways from the 2nd intersessional CND meeting that took place on June 25th. As the largest international network of young people working to end the War on Drugs, SSDP is responsible for amplifying the youth voice on drug policy issues at the United

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27
Jun

SSDP Participates in 2018 Support Don’t Punish Day of Action

Yesterday, SSDP members in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Austria, Mexico, Ireland, Liberia, Pakistan, and the United States participated in the annual Support Don’t Punish Global Day of Action. Occurring on the same day as the United Nation’s International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, Support Don’t Punish seeks to reclaim the message of the day from prohibitionists by raising awareness

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14
May

Cannabis Sativa Economics and Sustainability

The following remarks were given by Elena Yaneva of SSDP Osterreich during the International Narcotic Control Board (INCB) civil society hearing on “the use of cannabis for medical and non-medical purposes”. The hearing took place on May 7th, 2018 in Vienna, Austria. I can’t hide the excitement triggered by the opportunity to discuss one of the topics I am most

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15
Mar

Update from the 61st Commission on Narcotic Drugs

Written by Ailish Brennan, chapter founder/leader of University College Dublin SSDP While the inherently frustrating nature of the United Nations and the Commission on Narcotic Drugs has been particularly prevalent throughout my time in Vienna, the inspirational nature of the civil society groups and young people present this week has shone throughout. POSITIVITY The work by NGOs and other individual

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20
Oct

Recapping Model UN at the 2017 Reform Conference

During last week’s Reform conference, SSDP hosted a Model UN that allowed students to gain a little insight into how drug policy works at the international level. Participants picked a country, researched their stances on drug policy, and drafted recommendations that were debated over the course of two sessions on consecutive days. The overall goal of the session was to

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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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1
Sep

Announcing Model UN at Reform 2017

If you were at the 2015 Reform conference, you might recall that SSDP hosted a Model UNGASS, giving our student members and alumni a chance to become familiar with ins and outs of global drug policy reform while participating in an interactive simulation. Participants picked a country, researched their positions on drug policy, and wrote recommendations to be considered by

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28
Jun

UN Update: Launch of the World Drug Report

Written by Orsi Fehér, founder and chapter leader of SSDP Österreich (Austria).  For the 20th Anniversary of the Commission on Narcotic Drug’s “flagship publication”, a five-volume report on the “world drug problem” was launched at the Vienna headquarters of the United Nations on 22 June. We were there to witness an awkward assembly of participants. The back row seats were

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7
Jun

3rd CND Intersessional – An Update on Global Drug Policy

Written by Orsi Fehér, chapter leader of SSDP Österreich (SSDP Austria).  Three of us SSDPers from Austria found ourselves in a less than crowded meeting room at the Vienna International Center on the morning of Tuesday 6 June, where member states convened for the 3rd Intersessional Meeting of the United Nations’ Commission on Narcotic Drugs. For the past week, we’ve been pondering: what

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