In the News

17th Jul 2014

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has for the first time recommended the decriminalisation of all drugs. The recommendation was given when the WHO launched a new set of guidelines for HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations. Previous WHO reports have recommended harm reduction however this goes further in order to suggest a “comprehensive” list of interventions governments should make including decriminalisation of behaviours of key populations.

26 June 2013

Baroness Meacher talks to Matteo Angioli and Marco Pannella from Radio Radicale, Italy about the recent OAS General Assembly meeting and about forthcoming events.

Interview with Baroness Molly Meacher

4-6 June 2013

The APPG were invited by President Otto Perez Molina of Guatemala to send the Chair plus another Member to attend as observers the 43rd General Assembly of the OAS in Guatemala.

Guatemala met our initial costs and the IPU covered our international flights.

Attached is our report of the event including a copy of the Declaration issued at the end of the meeting, also a summary of the Scenarios report which formed the basis of discussions of the Foreign Ministers from 28 countries including the US.

Report on Guatemala General Assembly

26 June 2013

Ban Ki-moon remarks at special event on the International Day against Drug Abuse and illicit Trafficking.  The United Nations will be reviewing progress in global drug policy in 2014, and will convene a full UNGASS debate in 2016.  The Secretary General on 26 June issued the following statement “Next year, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs will conduct a high-level review. This will be followed, in 2016, by the UN General Assembly Special Session on the issue. I urge Member States to use these opportunities to conduct a wide-ranging and open debate that considers all options.”  The full statement can be found here:-

The Times 22 April 2013

Is it time for a fresh approach to drug policy?

The Times 6 March 2013

Online dealers put Britain at the heart of market for 'legal highs'