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 highest level.
With the global drug policy landscape changing drastically, high-level discussions have gotten far more dynamic. After many years of reinforcing the War on Drugs, the last few years have seen new positions on the decriminalisation of substances, human rights being enshrined into policy and the discussion of rescheduling cannabis. Now is a time of change, that needs the youth voice to be strong and present.
Involvement in our UN efforts can take a variety of forms, you don’t have to go to Vienna to make a difference (although if you can, we’d love to talk about how to make that happen!)! One of the most impactful things you can do is to meet with your country delegates before they attend the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (the commission the UN delegates drug policy to). Talk to our Global Fellow for Europe, Orsi Feher ‘16 in advance and she can give you some notes on what to talk about and how to prepare! You can also email/phone/text your delegates as well, if they are too difficult for you to meet.
Now you have no excuse! High-level advocacy opportunities are some of the coolest experiences SSDP has to offer. If you are interested in getting involved in our UN efforts, have a read of the handbook and contact Orsi for guidance at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I would like to thank Orsi Feher ‘16, who authored this handbook. Orsi has been dedicated to raising the profile of youth at the UN for years now and her work is remarkable. I’d also like to thank Zsófia Kelemen for her input and suggestions to the handbook.
If you’d like to support our efforts at the UN, please donate to the International Activities Fund.