The evolution of an effective, modern international drugcontrol system requires leadership from the UN and national governments, building a new consensus founded on core principles that allows and encourages exploration of alternative approaches to prohibition.

"This [Commission on Narcotic Drugs] will be followed, in 2016, by the UN General Assembly Special Session on the issue. I urge Member States to use these opportunities to conduct a wide-ranging and open debate that considers all options.”

Ban Ki Moon, General Secretary of the United Nations, 2013.


Take advantage of the opportunity presented by the upcoming UNGASS in 2016 to reform the global drug policy regime. The leadership of the UN Secretary-General is essential to ensure that all relevant UN agencies – not just those focused on law enforcement but also health, security, human rights and development – engage fully in a ‘One-UN’ assessment of global drug control strategies. The UN Secretariat should urgently facilitate an open discussion including new ideas and recommendations that are grounded in scientific evidence, public health principles, human rights and development. Policy shifts towards harm reduction, ending criminalization of people who use drugs, proportionality of sentences and alternatives to incarceration have been successfully defended over the past decades by a growing number of countries on the basis of the legal latitude allowed under the UN treaties. Further exploration of flexible interpretations of the drug treaties is an important objective, but ultimately the global drug control regime must be reformed to permit responsible legal regulation.



Members of the Global Commission on Drug Policy
From left: Branson, Annan, Zedillo, Cardoso, Gaviria, Dreifuss, Kazatchkine, Sampaio and Stoltenberg 

Technical Coordination
Ilona Szabó de Carvalho
Miguel Darcy
Steve Rolles

Editorial Review
Misha Glenny
Robert Muggah
George Murkin

Experts Review Panel
Damon Barret
Dave Bewley-Taylor
Julia Buxton
Joanne Csete
Ann Fordham
Olivier Gueniat
Alison Holcombe
Martin Jelsma
Danny Kushlick
Daniel Mejia
Robert Muggah 

Ethan Nadelmann
Katherine Pettus
Rebecca Schleifer
Christian Schneider
Mike Trace
Juan Carlos Garzon Vergara
Evan Wood

Beatriz Alqueres
Ilona Szabó de Carvalho
Joanna Guinle
Miguel Darcy
Patricia Kundrat
Rebeca Lerer
Khalid Tinasti

FIFHC - Fundação Instituto Fernando Henrique Cardoso
Igarapé Institute
Kofi Annan Foundation
Open Society Foundations
Virgin Unite



Count the Costs


Drug Policy Alliance

European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction

Global Commission on Drug Policy

Global Commission on HIV and the Law (convened by UNDP)

Harm Reduction International

Igarapé Institute


International Drug Policy Consortium

International Network of People who use Drugs

LSE Ideas; International drug policy project

Talking Drugs

Transform Drug Policy Foundation

Transnational Institute; drug law reform resources

The Beckley Foundation

UN Office on Drugs and Crime

Washington Office on Latin America - Drug Policy program

West Africa Drugs Commission


Reports by the Global Commission on Drug Policy:
• War on Drugs - 2011
• The War on Drugs and HIV/AIDS: How The Criminalization Of Drug Use Fuels The Global Pandemic - 2012
• The Negative Impact of the War on Drugs: The Hidden Hepatitis C Epidemic - 2013

HIV and the Law: Risks, Rights And Health - Global Commission on HIV and the Law - 2012

The Drug Problem in the Americas - Organisation of American States - 2013 default_eng.asp

Ending the Drug Wars – London School of Economics - 2014

Not Just in Transit – West Africa Commission on Drugs - 2014