Tag: United Nations

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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17
Jan

INTL Youth Convening Day Five: The Bangkok Declaration

Written by Convening participant Eva Cesárova, from Youth Rise and the Czech Psychedelic Society.  The last day of the convening started with a guest speaker: Gloria Lai from IDPC’s office in Bangkok. We learned about the remarkable work IDPC has done in the past ten years, going through their various activities to cooperate with drug policy decision makers, organize open dialogues,

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12
Jan

INTL Youth Convening Day Three: How To Be an Effective Advocate

Written by Convening participant Samuel Andrews, Policy and Information Officer at the New Zealand Drug Foundation. The third day of the Youth Drug Strategies Convening was focused on how to be effective advocates for the change we want to see. We were joined in the morning by Dr. Sandro Calvani, who shared his extensive experiences of working with the United

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30
Sep

Report of the SSDP Nigeria Model UN Simulation and Training

Written by the chapter leaders of SSDP Nigeria On Thursday 29th September 2016, SSDP’s Nigeria chapter held a Model United Nations simulation of a General Assembly meeting at the University of Ibadan, with about 50 total students in attendance. The simulation allowed students to research the drug policies of one country and simulate a general assembly meeting in which recommendations

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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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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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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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11
Mar

Presenting at the UN

by Lisa Campbell & Nazlee Maghsoudi Today was a very eventful day for Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy at the UN! CSSDP, along with others from the SSDP International Outreach Committee, held a side event titled “Protecting Youth from Drug Policy.” CSSDP, SSDP, and SSDP UK have all been collaborating for months in preparation for this moment, and with only standing space available,

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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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