Ten Wasted Years: UN Drug Strategy A Failure, Reveals Damning Report

The UN strategy on drugs over the past decade has been a failure, a European commission report claimed yesterday on the eve of the international conference in Vienna that will set future policy for the next 10 years.

The report came amid growing dissent among delegates arriving at the meeting to finalise a UN declaration of intent.

Referring to the UN’s existing strategy, the authors declared that they had found “no evidence that the global drug problem was reduced”. They wrote: “Broadly speaking, the situation has improved a little in some of the richer countries while for others it worsened, and for some it worsened sharply and substantially, among them a few large developing or transitional countries.”

The policy had merely shifted the problem geographically, they said. “Production and trafficking controls only redistributed activities. Enforcement against local markets failed in most countries.”

Representatives from governments are split in their efforts to formulate an international drugs policy for the next decade. The UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs is due to formulate a strategy over the next two days, but there is widespread disagreement among delegates and a general feeling that an opportunity for a united approach has been lost.

In an article for the Guardian, Mike Trace, chairman of the International Drug Policy Consortium, says: “We’re about to see the international community walk up the political and diplomatic path of least resistance. It will do nothing to help the millions of people around the world whose lives are destroyed by drug markets and drug use. And the depressing thing about it is that we can all book our seats for 2019, to go through this charade again.”

Antonio Maria Costa, executive director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, has defended the approach. He is due to talk today on organised crime, which he has described as “one of the unintended consequences of drug control”. He will warn that “a criminal market, of staggering proportion, risks undermining drug control” and outline a three-pronged approach to tackling drug-related crime.

In London, however, Lady Meacher, speaking on behalf of more than 30 members of the Lords, warned that the existing hardline prohibitionist strategy, which has been led by the US, had been deeply damaging. It was now being challenged by politicians, scientists and lawyers around the world, she said.

“We are concerned that the war on drugs has failed and the harm it has caused is far greater,” said Meacher, at a briefing organised by the drugs advice charity Release. “What we want the UN to do is accept that the previous declaration was hopelessly unrealistic.”

She said that Barack Obama had yet to appoint a new drugs tsar in the US but there were already signs that he was adopting a more liberal approach to the issue. The US president has lifted the ban on federal funding for needle exchange programmes, which are seen as crucial in the struggle to combat the spread of HIV.Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch, director of the global drug policy programme at the Open Society Institute, Warsaw, said: “It is now clear that after months of negotiations, millions of people around the world will continue to suffer needlessly. Thanks to the global ‘war on drugs’ over the past decade, close to 2 million people living in the former Soviet Union are infected with HIV, half a million US citizens languish in prison for non-violent, drug-related crimes, and billions of dollars are spent on destructive military actions in Colombia while the production of cocaine continues to rise.”

The first two days of the session will be held at ministerial level to assess progress made in the decade since a special session of the UN general assembly set the target of a “drugs-free” world. The aim has been criticised for not addressing the problems of addiction and treatment.

Prof Tim Rhodes, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Health, said the number of injecting drug users around the world could have reached 15 million and this was responsible for 10% of global HIV infections.

Rhodes said the problem was particularly serious in Russia, where intensive street-level policing had exacerbated the difficulties.

– Article from The Guardian.



  1. Jason on

    It is so messed up man… Cannabis is illegal… Wow! What is next? blowjobs? Speak up before the government takes blowjobs away from us too.. I have the inside track…They are making sex robots right now that will take the place of women…. Men and women will be separated… They say robots are needed to reduce population. It is actually because Barack Obama owns alot of stock in robotics firms… His best friend actually created the robotic hand. He is Canadian… Barack met him when he was over here visiting his sister…

    Anyway.. There are some side effects… Some of the units are not completely smooth metal and the metal can cut into your private areas. However, the world is going to end if we don’t start cutting the population. These geniuses we elcted say so. (Because they have fancy degrees in law and their one scientist friend who disagrees with all other scientist, but who is more intelligent than all other scientist, but who had a d+ average in college, told them so.) It has nothing to do with money… Some of the units also have a suction problem that actually pulls your unit off your body and into the unit..If this happens, turn the unit off, take your unit out of the unit, put it in some ice and get the the hospital so they can sow it back on…
    The govenment has deemed these side effects are much less harmful than the side effects due to marijuana…That one scientist said so… Lets count on his d+ average..Actually there is another scientist on board as well. That guy had an A+ average but he is a complete pr*ck!!

    The war on marijuana is a joke.. Lets hope someday it is legal. However just laugh it off for now and hope someday we evolve as a nation/continent.Do your part to end the madness but don’t let it make you mad….

    Of course the politicians may be wrong. Maybe if they stopped wasting everyones money on such stupidity, maybe we could all coexist. Every single argument that involves logic is on the promarijuana side. Ending the war on marijuana would be a good start to ending the stupidity

    Legalizaing weed would create jobs, decrease gang activity, decrease DUI’s, would help alot of people who are sick, etc… Of course a couple rich coc*su**ers would lose out and they would fight back with all the money they have…. They would buy politicans (Conservatives and Liberals)… They would count on the fact the these skilled b.s artists could fool the people into voting for them….And over the past 80 years it has worked….

    By influencing other politicians into not discussing the issue in debates or sidetracking the other politicians with some clever manipulation, the corrupt politicians could continue to receive donations and power from these few coc*suc**s…

    By the way.. I hope Obama is not like the others. Time will tell.. He brought the Clintons on board which scares the daylights out of me… But hopefully he knows better than I. I really hope in Canada we do not get Stephen Harper next time around because he is one of the sex robots… And believe me ladies… That sex robot is nothing compared to the real thing…

    Peace everyone..

  2. joe and his six pack on

    The people have out grown the governments and the police cannot stop the marijuana trade which stands at 500 billion worldwide. All they can do is waste our tax dollars on dictator ship bull crap of keeping the marijuana underground. The politicians will not stop the people from smoking or growing marijuana thaT will just get bigger as friends of friends will continue to grow and supply the people who want it. The street dealers will continue to kill each other over control for the street sales which will not inter fear with the friend to friend system that is worldwide so the Harper government can kiss my ass I will still be voting any party but conservative Nazi. Mr. Harper I am smoking a joint right now and there is nothing you can do about it so kiss my ass you Bush imitator lying piece of trash of a human being. All the Government does is supporting gangs that kill by keeping prohibition against marijuana.