Promoting Smart Policy on Drugs: Brief to the Minister of Health

“The UN General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS) in April 2016 is a significant opportunity for Canada, in collaboration with other Member States, specialized UN agencies and civil society organizations, to:

  • engage in an open and honest discussion about how the international drug control treaties are — and are not — working;
  • explore and debate the rationale for considering alternative approaches; and
  • promote the development and implementation of more effective responses to “the world drug problem” based on public health principles, respect for human rights and scientific evidence.


“The National UNGASS Working Group has put together 10 priority issues for consideration as negotiations proceed in the lead up to the UNGASS and to the upcoming session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) (March 9-17, 2016), where much of the substance of the UNGASS outcome document will be decided.”

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