> What is UNGASS?
The United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on Drugs was held in New York between 19th and 21st of April 2016. This was the third time in history that the UN General Assembly dedicated its special session to the issue of drugs, following UNGASS 1990 and 1998. Amid recent instances of drug policy reforms taking place in different parts of the world, the UN special session served as a platform in which the decades-long framework of international drug control - characterized by the three UN drug control conventions - was brought under scrutiny. Visit our UNGASS page for further updates and in-depth analyses.
> UNGASS & Producers of Crops
The Global Forum of Producers of Prohibited Plants, taking place in the Netherlands in January 2016, served as a platform for (representatives of) farmers of coca, cannabis, and opium to discuss the implications of global drug control policies. Through the Heemskerk Declaration, delegates outlined a set of policy recommendations based on their experiences and discontents with regard to the ineffective and unjust nature of crop control policies around the world. At the UNGASS, the outcome of the GFPPP was presented by two farmers' representatives (video).
> UN Civil Society Task Force
Farmers are considered to be one of the especially affected populations within the framework of the United Nations Civil Society Task Force, an initiative that will ensure civil society participation into UNGASS 2016.