Prevention of drug problems does not give anyone a «license to kill». This is the essence in an open letter sent by FORUT to the Government of the Philippines through their embassy in Oslo. FORUT strongly appeals to the Philippines to stop using killings and other inhuman methods as a part of their drug policy. NGOs from all over the world have expressed the same concern.
“A very welcome decision which makes it possible to widen and strengthen FORUT’s collaboration with the United Nations”, says Secretary General of FORUT, Morten Lønstad, in a comment to the fact that FORUT has been granted Special Consultative Status at ECOSOC.
Just in time for the UNGASS conference in New York, the World Health Organization released a report that gives an update on what we today know about the health and social consequences on cannabis use. The report is a very important contribution towards a more sober and knowledge-based discussion around cannabis policies, in UN as well as in the member states.
This publication from the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is an excellent introduction to the state of the art of how to best prevent drug use and drug problems. The text draws upon a review of existing research on prevention and recommends the most effective interventions and strategies for various target groups.
Around 800 representatives from civil society organizations from all across the world joined the UNGASS conference in New York as observers and organizers of side-events. Here are some comments from prevention-oriented NGOs on the outcome of UNGASS.
The UNGASS Outcome Document:
The UNGASS Outcome Document adopted in New York 19 April offers an excellent strategy for a comprehensive, balanced and effective policy to reduce both drug use and its related harm. The document contains a long menu of effective interventions that will reduce drug-related harm – if the words are made into action.
Dag Endal speaks at UNGASS 2016
Said FORUT representative Dag Endal at the UN Thursday: "Prevention is effective, humane, cost-effective and empowering. Therefore: Prevent. Don’t Promote." Endal was speaking as a civil society representative at the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the world drug problem.
Representing FORUT, Mr. Dag Endal, will take the floor as one of six civil society speakers at the forthcoming United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem, UNGASS 2016.
Position papers to UNGASS
Global drug strategies should be comprehensive, balanced and prevention-oriented. A more narrow harm reduction approach can never replace primary prevention and treatment/rehabilitation as the main strategy in global, national and local drug policies. This is the key message from FORUT in two position papers to the UNGASS process.
A full plenary session was devoted to "Alternative development" at the UNGASS preparatory meetings in Vienna, along with a number of side-events giving practical examples from the field. Alternative development projects aim to provide sustainable livelihoods to those communities, and also target those that engaged in illicit cultivation in the past or are vulnerable to starting illicit cultivation in the future.