Side-event led by the EU Civil Society Forum on Drugs, organized by the Association Proyecto hombre.
Since the 2016 UNGASS on drugs, much more visibility than ever before has been given to the need to enshrine drug policies and interventions in human rights principles. Europe has been a leader in this regard, pushing for a strong human rights agenda at both regional and international levels. The EU has been among the strongest voices in support of the UNGASS Outcome Document since 2016 and of the UN System Common Position on drug-related matters, it is also adopting a new drug strategy and action plan with a human rights focus. The Council of Europe has just adopted a resolution human rights-focused drug policies, while the Pompidou Group is aiming to give more prominence to human rights within its work. In the meantime, the 45 members of the EU Civil Society Forum on Drugs has promoted the need for drug policies and interventions grounded in human rights at national, regional and global levels. This side event will be an opportunity to discuss these developments from a civil society and policy makers’ perspective.