The panellists discuss current perceptions surrounding drugs that contribute to how governments shape policy, before setting out their own recommendations for the international community.

9 January 2018

Speakers

Helen Clark ONZ PC, Prime Minister, New Zealand (1999-2008); Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (2009-17)
Sir Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister, United Kingdom (2010-15); Leader, Liberal Democrats (2007-15)
Ruth Dreifuss, President, Switzerland (1999); Chair, Global Commission on Drug Policy
Asma Jahangir, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion (2004-10)
Michel Kazatchkine, Executive Director, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (2007-12)
Olusegun Obasanjo, President, Nigeria (1999-2007)
Chair: Dr Patricia Lewis, Research Director, International Security, Chatham House

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This event marks the launch of the new report by the Global Commission, Countering the World Drug PERCEPTION Problem, which presents the case that due to negative perceptions regarding both drugs and people who use drugs, what are seemingly technical questions – such as the efficacy of harm reduction services – are instead debated as moral ones, which is unhelpful to achieving results.

The panellists discuss current perceptions surrounding drugs that contribute to how governments shape policy, before setting out their own recommendations for the international community.

Leaders must aim to change public opinions and perceptions on drug use by providing reliable, consistent information and promoting the use of non-stigmatizing and non-discriminatory language.

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