UNGASS summary roundtable 4 on new threats and challenges

The importance of enhancing cooperation to address drug-related issues at the regional and international levels was stressed, as was the importance of partnerships with civil society.
  • Civil society engagement
It was also emphasized that drug policies should be people- and public health-centered, respecting human rights and human dignity with due consideration for proportionate sentencing. Some speakers underlined the need to further discuss whether the existing international drug control system would adequately address the current challenges and threats posed by the world drug problem and referred in this regard to new approaches, including the decriminalization of possession for personal use.
  • Human rights
  • Proportionality of sentencing
  • Alternatives to punishment

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This is a summary of one of the five thematic roundtables held at the UNGASS in April 2016.