World Leaders to Make Bold, Groundbreaking Recommendations for Major Paradigm Shift in Global Drug Policy

Press Release September 2, 2014
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<p>Contact: Tony Newman 646-335-5384</p>

On Tuesday, September 9, the Global Commission on Drug Policy will release Taking Control: Pathways to Drug Policies that Work, a new, groundbreaking report at a press conference in New York City.

The event will be live-streamed and speakers include, former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo, former Colombian President César Gaviria, former Swiss President Ruth Dreifuss, Richard Branson and others.

The Commissioners will then meet with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson in the afternoon following the press conference.

The report reflects a new evolution in the thinking of the Commissioners, who are set to become the most distinguished group of high-level leaders to ever call for far-reaching changes to global drug policy.

In 2011, the Commission’s initial report broke new ground in both advancing and globalizing the debate over drug prohibition and its alternatives. The Commission’s work has created conditions for not just former presidents but current presidents to speak out as well.

Recent developments in Latin America and the United States instigated the upcoming UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on Drugs in 2016, and created an opportunity to lay the foundation for a new drug control regime for the 21st century.

To receive a copy of the EMBARGOED press release and executive summary, contact Tony Newman  at [email protected] or 646-335-5384.

The embargo will be lifted at 8 pm (New York Time), September 8, 2014.

Press Conference Details:

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 9:45am
(Reporters should arrive at 9am for registration and seating)

Please contact Tony Newman at tnewm[email protected] or 646-335-5384 for press conference location.

Commission Members

(those speaking at the  press conference are underlined):

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