The United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) will explore “Human Rights and the Drug Control System” during a conference March 13-15 in Vienna.
CND assists the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in supervising the application of international drug control treaties. The event aims to set a basic framework and provide an updated analysis of international laws on cannabis, sketching out member state sovereignty issues in light of global drug control conventions.
Along with human rights and legislative issues, a document prepared for the meeting calls for development-oriented policies for the cannabis industries that support job creation, entrepreneurship and innovation, and encourage the growth of micro-, small- and medium-size enterprises, including access to financing. The document also pushes for stronger developmental planning and a strengthening of ties among economic, social and environmental groups and organizations; and encourages drug policy reform as a tool to fulfill the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.