Brief: The Global Commission on Drug Policy Calls for Change

The Global Commission on Drug Policy is expected to release a progressive report entitled Taking Control: Pathways to Drug Policies that Work on Tuesday, September 9.

The report will be released at a press conference in New York City, where Commissioners speaking include Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo, former Colombian President César Gaviria, former Swiss President Ruth Dreifuss, and Richard Branson. Following the conference, the Commissioners will be meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson to discuss the report.

The report demonstrates the Commissioners’ evolved outlook on drug prohibition: that the war on drugs is destructive and a failure, and a new approach is necessary. The Commission is currently the most distinguished group of world leaders ever to call for a new approach to global drug policies.

In 2011, the group released an initial report that advanced the global conversation about drug prohibition, its effects on society, and alternatives to the international crackdown. As a result, the Commission paved the way for world leaders to openly discuss drug policy reform.


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