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African Palliative Care Association (APCA)

Side event: Innovative responses to promoting access to controlled medicines while preventing diversion and non-medical use: following up on the global “Access and Availability campaign by the chair of the 65th Commission on Narcotic Drugs”

Ambassador Vermuelen (Belgium): introduced the topic and the history of Belgium’s involvement including last year’s initiative, which was at the heart of Belgium’s Presidency of CND. Speakers: Dilkushi Poovendran (WHO), Ghislain D’Hoop, Carolyn Patterson (Assistant Secy Govt of Australia, Health and Aged Care) Jagit Pavadia, President, INCB: Thank you to the govt of Belgium and …

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Side event: Access to Controlled Medicines During COVID-19: meeting the needs of patients around the world

Organized by Belgium with the support of Australia, Canada, El Salvador, France, Lithuania, the Russian Federation, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, and the UNODC Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section, the International Association of Hospice and Palliative Care, the International Narcotics Control Board, the Union for Cancer Control, the Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs and the …

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Side event: Increasing access to controlled medicines for medical purposes: focus on Africa

Organized by the Governments of Belgium, France, Kenya and Nigeria, the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care, the African Palliative Care Association, the International Youth Association for Development and Palliafamilli, the Union for International Cancer Control, the International Narcotics Control Board, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Drug Prevention and Health Branch, …

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Civil Society Forum in preparation for the UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs

Mr Esbjörn Hörnberg, Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs Chair/ Civil Society Task Force Chair: Through our work, we have managed to achieve meaningful, balanced contributions by civil society. Our work involves many NGOs. We have chosen this opportunity to include the voices of grassroots CSOs. I wish to thank the government of Switzerland and Colombia …

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Side Event: Resolving the Global Crisis of Untreated Pain by Improving Access to Controlled Medicines within the Framework of the SDGs

Marie-Paule Kieny, WHO: Emphasize that access to essential medicines is a fundamental pillar. Not nearly enough focus has been paid to access to essential medicines. One of the most important medicines, morphine, is emblematic of the fight to ensure access of medicines. Considered the gold standard for pain relief, yet more than 5 billion people …

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