Here you can find the full report of our joint European Parliament event held on 23rd September 2015 alongside the EPP Group and Dianova International, including the full presentations, a summary of the event, photographs and more!
On Wednesday 23rd September 2015, over 100 Members of the European Parliament, researchers, NGO representatives and government observers met at the European Parliament in Brussels to discuss the United Nation’s forthcoming Global Drug Policy Review (UNGASS), which will take place in April 2016 in New York.
The event which included speakers from the United Nations, the European Commission and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) was co-organised by European drug policy network EURAD, NGO Dianova International, which is a global network of grass-roots NGOs implementing projects for vulnerable populations and Polish MEP Michal Boni of the European People’s Party, to bring what is currently a very polarised global drug debate into the public domain.
Opening the event, Polish MEP Michal Boni stated that “The drug and drug addiction problem remains a severe issue which is to be addressed and tackled not only from a public health perspective, but also from a security perspective, especially in the area of drug supply, including illicit trafficking and money laundry, the causes of a devastating corruption to societies and communities.”
Floriana Sipala, Head of the European Commission’s Anti-Drug Unit added “UNGASS 2016 will review what went wrong and what needs to be done for the 2020 decade; it will be a kick-start for civil society to contribute more actively to policy making post 2016. It is important for the EU to speak with one voice and defend a comprehensive approach towards the United Nations and internationally.”
Throughout the event NGO representatives from across Europe appeared to come to a consensus on a number of issues, for example, urging the EU delegation to push for the removal of the death penalty at the global level and arguing that governments should take a more public health based approach to the drug problem, through addressing the causal factors of both drug use and production.
This event, which drew in representatives from over 29 countries in the EU and beyond is part of a Global Civil Society Consultation Process, into the UN’s largest drug policy review of the last 20 years. To find out more about the regional civil society consultation process and the UN drug policy review, find out more at www.ungass2016.org
The below outcome document will make up part of EURAD’s contribution to the UNGASS 2016 process, in its role as Western European representative on the Civil Society Task Force for UNGASS 2016.