Upcoming Drug Policy Milestones

This year’s CND will be preceded by a session to review progress on the implementation of international commitments

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The Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) will conduct a mid-term review to assess implementation of international drug policy commitments. In addition a 2-day high-level segment (14-15 March 2024) for the midterm review will be followed by the 5-day regular session (18-22 March 2024) – Photo: Shutterstock

Warming up for the next drug policy milestone / Mid-term Review and CND67

As every year in March, representatives of the United Nations, international organizations, academia and civil society will gather in Vienna for the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND67). This session will take place from 18 to 22 March. 2024 is also a stop on the road to drug policy formulation and monitoring, as the Mid-Term Review will take place on 14-15 March.

Next step – the Mid-Term Review

This is a milestone set out in the 2019 Ministerial Declaration, which established that, between this declaration and the meeting scheduled in 2029, a session would be held to assess the progress made in the implementation of international drug commitments. The aim of this session is to adopt a consensus document to be presented at the beginning of the session, with high-level representation from national authorities and international organizations. More information can be found on the page dedicated to the Mid-term review.

As a central element in the elaboration of this document, the state of play of 11 specific challenges that were already identified in the 2019 Ministerial Declaration have been analyzed. These have been assessed separately in thematic sessions of the CND and in open consultations of UN and NGO platforms.

One of the 11 challenges identified is the increase in drug-related deaths due to lack of treatment and health services. As this is an issue that directly affects Dianova’s work, the organization participated in a series of consultations prior to the Ministerial Review.  Dianova participated directly through the following written contribution that appears in the documentation of the session (read contribution in: EN ES FR), and jointly through participation in the general online consultation organized by the Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs (VNGOC), complemented by the European regional consultation that resulted in the Global Civil Society Report .

CND67

The annual CND session, will follow the standard one-week format, where there will be a formal segment, a full programme of side events and meetings of interest to civil society, such as informal dialogues with representatives of UNODC, CND and other UN agencies and the VNGOC General Assembly among others.

Side events in which Dianova will be participating

  • Monday 18 March, 9:10 – 10 am“Taking the Pledge4Action to Ensure Adequate Availability of Internationally Controlled Essential Medicines” – hybrid format – event’s flyer
  • Tuesday 19 March, 13:00 – 13:50 pmAchieving Social and Work Integration for Justice-involved Individuals with Substance Use Disorders:  Good Practices and Key Principles. FOCTALI CICAD Project – hybrid format – view event’s flyer in EnglishEspañol
  • Thursday, 21 March, 09:10 – 10:00 am“Mental Health and People who Use Drugs” – hybrid format – event’s flyer
  • Thursday, 21 March, 13:00 pm – 13:50 pm“The Declaration of Oviedo: 2024 Global Initiative on Drug Use Prevention” – in person event – Read the Declaration of OviedoView event’s flyer
  • Friday 22 March, 14:10 – 15:00 pm“Advances and challenges towards 2029. A special focus on working with vulnerabilities” – hybrid format – View event’s flyer

Dianova also participates indirectly in the following events:

  • Tuesday, 19 March, 14:10 – 15:00 pm“A Global Position Paper on Recovery – United Voices for Drug Demand Reduction” – in person event – View event’s flyer
  • Friday, 22 March, 13:00 -13:50 pm “The Worldwide Impact of Therapeutic Communities” – in person event – event’s flyer – Read article on WFTC World Social Report
  • Friday, 22 March, 08:00 – 08:50 am “Addressing Substance Use Disorders in Crisis Settings” – Online event – event’s flyer

In the coming days we will publish the flyers of these events and more information in the events section of the  Dianova International website.

In addition, Dianova has published a written statement for the CND67 on mental health and drug dependence. Read statement on the UNODC website – Read statement in: EN ES FR

For all these reasons, this year’s session of the Mid-Term Review and CND67 will be a milestone in the field of international drug policy. Dianova will be present in Vienna to be part of it and to tell you about it!