The UN System Common Position was issued right before #CND2019. It is a joint commitment of UN to DECRIMINALIZE drug use and its possession for personal use.
Mr. Charanjit Sharma, from Manipur in North-East India, is the secretary of the Indian Drug Users Forum (IDUF). He is also involved with the India HIV/AIDS Alliance.
Being recently selected as a Civil Society Speaker out of 257 applicants, he, with his grassroot experiences, represented drug user community and addressed our issues at the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the World Drug Problem held during 19-21 April 2016 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. He spoke in the 6th plenary along with 4 other Civil Society speakers from different parts of the world.
The verbatim script of his speech and video is published. Please go to time 2:28:50 to directly watch Mr. Charan’s speech.
In April 2016, world leaders will gather in New York to decide on the future of global drug policy, at the first UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS). As a preparation to this open debate, the Civil Society Organizations representing people who use drugs from different countries in the South Asia (Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Sri Lanka and India) and South East and East Asia (China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam) region came together for regional civil society consultations during October 2015. These two extensive consultations held in New Delhi, India and Malaysia had imperative discussion to lay forward recommendations for the UNGASS 2016.
The present Policy Brief was developed by the Asian Network of People who Use Drugs (ANPUD) to stimulate and support the meaningful participation of its constituents – Asian people who use drugs – in the UNGASS 2016 process. Following a short overview of the UNGASS process, the Brief highlights common issues across the region that have been prioritized by ANPUD with specific recommendations.