the video advocacy team of the HCLU’s Drugreporter is attending the High Level Segment of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), where member states are discussing the mid-term evaluation of the plan adopted in 2009 to « significantly reduce » drug use and trafficking in 10 years. It is obvious that the so-called Vienna consensus on drug control is now breaking down and there are more dissonant voices than ever – member states and NGOs are questioning the legitimacy of the system that has been established by the UN drug conventions. Sometimes consensus is good. It means peace. But the UN consensus on drugs means war – the global war on drugs. To negotiate peace, first we have to break down the so-called Vienna consensus, that is, the dogma that you can imprison, torture or kill people in the name of the war on drugs. This is what is happening right now.
We recommend you to watch three videos produced by our team. The first is the powerful speech delivered by Michel Kazatchkine, the UN Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS in Eastern-Europe and Central-Asia at the opening session:
The second video features youth activists who came to the conference in unprecedented number and spoke out against the criminalization of drug use at the opening session – and for providing access to life-saving services:
The third is the speech of Jan Eliasson, the Deputy-Secretary of the UN, who reminded us to the original core principles of the UN, human rights and public health:
Please feel free to use and distribute these videos! Other films are coming soon.
Drug Policy Program Director
Hungarian Civil Liberties Union