Civil Society Participation

Item 14. Contributions by the Commission to the work of the Economic and Social Council, in line with General Assembly resolution 68/1, including follow-up to and review and implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (cont.)

Commission on Science, Technology and Development: Every year our committee has two priorities. The first is focusing on the impact of rapid technological change on sustainable development. The likes of big data, synthetic technology can create great opportunities to address the SDG’s. New technology also poses challenges. These can raise inequalities and facilitate illegal activities. Science …

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Special Event – Increasing Access to Controlled Medicines: Addressing the Global Disparity in Pain Relief

H.E. Ghislain D’hoop, Belgian Ambassador (Moderating): The global disparity in pain relief is unacceptable to my country, and we provide resources to UNODC and INCB to address this challenge. Yury Fedotov, UNODC Executive Director: The number on this issue speak for themselves. Pain management is a human rights concern, and palliative care is essential. Controlled substances are …

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Side event: Drug policy: Saving public costs

Organised by the Governments of Estonia and Lithuania, the Association for Safer Drug Policies, and the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association Eliza Kurcevic, Eurasian Harm Reduction Association. What costs more? Criminalisation (prisons) or social and health services (different treatment programmes, prevention, employment benefits, social security services, etc.)? You can use the link here to vote. Here is …

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Item 11. Follow-up to the special session of the General Assembly on the world drug problem held in 2016, including the seven thematic areas of the outcome document of the special session (Afternoon session)

Indonesia: Nearly 3 years have passed since UNGASS – we have been committed to advancing promotion of human rights. In addressing the drug problems whilst protecting human rights the government has provided funding for therapy programmes for drug users and special needs populations such as women and children. It is important that human rights are …

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