By  Kimberly Grinberg for IDPC. On October 14, IDPC held an informal briefing for Member States entitled “Preparing for UNGASS 2016: Examining complex drug policy issues”at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The briefing was co-sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations. In his introductory remarks, H.E. Mr. Ambassador Jürg Lauber, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the UN, welcomed the panel by highlighting the importance of discourse in approaching the unprecedented challenges facing the UN in addressing the world drug problem. He stressed both the importance of purposeful preparation for UNGASS 2016, as well as using UNGASS to implement comprehensive consideration of the challenges Member States with respect to drug policy. He also highlighted the need for drug policies to be based on human rights and public health principles and the importance of considering the full range of linkages between the world drug problem and the Agenda 2030. The Ambassador went on to recognize the importance of engaging both Civil Society and UN agencies to inform the negotiation of the outcome document for UNGASS 2016.

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