66. The Committee encourages States parties that have not yet done so to ratify the international drug control conventions and the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. The Committee underscores the importance of adopting a rights-based approach to substance use and recommends that, where appropriate, harm reduction strategies should be employed to minimize the negative health impacts of substance abuse
See also articles 33 (drugs) and 24 (health) of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The Committee endorses harm reduction in its general comment on the child’s right to health. This is the first such endorsement of harm reduction in a UN human rights treaty body General Comment.
- Harm reduction