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    Faith Forum on Advancing Moral and Humane Drug Policies

    April 20th, 2016 12:00:00pm UTC When: April 20, 2016, 12 noon Where: Church Center for the United Nations (CCUN) 777 United Nations Plaza-11th Floor New York, New York Speakers include: Pastor Gary Williams, Hamilton United Methodist Church, Los Angeles, CA Pastor Lee Schott, Women at the Well, Mitchellville, IA Donald Anthonyson, Black Immigration Network and Families for Freedom, New York, NY Moderated by Kara Gotsch, Interfaith Criminal Justice Coalition, Washington, D.C. A box lunch will be served if you RSVP. Please RSVP toDBrandyberry@UMC-GBCS.ORG
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    April 18th, 2016 1:00:00pm UTC Date & Venue 13:00-14:30, Monday, 18 April 2016 UN Church Centre, 777 United Nations Plaza, NY 10017 Participants  Mr. Mihail Stoican, Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, Sweden  Ms. Lina Pastorek, Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, Sweden  Representative, European Union  Representative, Office Special Representative to the Secretary General on Violence against Children  Representative, UNICEF  Mr. Damon Barrett, International Centre on Human Rights & Drug Policy, University of Essex  Mr. Kasirye Rogers, Uganda Youth Development Link (UYDEL)  Ms. Kristina Sperkova, President, IOGT International  Ms. Anna D. Tomasi, Defence for Children International (DCI). Around the world children and young people experience devastating harms due to drugs and the drug trade. Notwithstanding international treaties and standards, the punitive trend seems to dominate the issue and has become an obstacle to the effective implementation of such instruments, in particular the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). A punitive trend towards children’s involvement in the “drug problem” does not cover the full range of issues facing children. The issue must be addressed holistically. A differentiation must be made between I) measures to prevent, II) measures to care for children who do use drugs, III) measures in the best interest of the child whose parents use drugs, and IV) prevent the use of children in the illicit production and trafficking of such substances. Objective Discuss children’s rights and international obligations in relation to the world drug problem, identifying the gaps that impede the effective upholding of international standards (i.e. data collection & research; cross-sectorial approaches; promising practices) & evaluate ways to bridge such gaps through coordinated collaboration of different actors. Agenda  Introduction & roundtable  Children’s Rights & UNGASS – actions and gaps  Beyond UNGASS - next steps  Conclusion
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    The Global Drug Control System and the Sustainable Development Goals’ Agenda

    April 20th, 2016 8:30:00am UTC The UNGASS 2016 on the World Drug Problem is the first General Assembly thematic session to be held after the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Member States, the UN system, civil society and all stakeholders are in the process of articulating the linkages between these processes. The side-event will discuss how the sustainable development elements should be included in future responses to any issue. The principles of dignity, justice, people-centered policies and partnerships for global solidarities are enablers to shift the focus of the prohibition-led processes of drug control to the broader international agenda of safety, equality and respect for human rights. These elements should also build a frame to future work on drug policies. Refreshments will be served prior to the side event

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