Global Commission on Drug Policy

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The Global Commission on Drug Policy (GCDP) is a panel of world leaders and intellectuals, with a Secretariat based in Geneva, Switzerland.wikipedia
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War on drugs

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In June 2011, the commission said: "The global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world."
In June 2011, the Global Commission on Drug Policy released a critical report on the War on Drugs, declaring: "The global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world. Fifty years after the initiation of the UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, and years after President Nixon launched the US government's war on drugs, fundamental reforms in national and global drug control policies are urgently needed."

George P. Shultz

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George P. Shultz (United States), former Secretary of State (honorary chair)
He served on the Global Commission on Drug Policy, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's Economic Recovery Council, and on the boards of Bechtel and the Charles Schwab Corporation.

Michel Kazatchkine

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Michel Kazatchkine (France), UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia and former executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Professor Kazatchkine is also a Senior Fellow with the Global Health Program of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy and serves as Chair of the Board of the Robert Carr Civil Society Networks Fund.

Fernando Henrique Cardoso

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Fernando Henrique Cardoso (Brazil), former President of Brazil (former chair)
He served on the Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy and later chaired the Global Commission on Drug Policy.

Richard Branson

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Richard Branson (United Kingdom), entrepreneur, advocate for social causes, founder of the Virgin Group, co-founder of The Elders
In 2011, Branson served on the Global Commission on Drug Policy with former political and cultural leaders of Latin America and elsewhere, "in a bid to boost the effort to achieve more humane and rational drug laws."

Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy

The commission was formed to "bring to the international level an informed, science-based discussion about humane and effective ways to reduce the harm caused by drugs to people and societies. [It built] on the experience of the Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy."
The Global Commission on Drug Policy, chaired by President Cardoso, followed on the work of the LAI and issued a report in 2011.

Drug policy

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The emphasis in drug policy on harsh law enforcement over four decades has not accomplished its goal of banishing drugs and has in fact spawned wide, dramatic eruptions of violence, the report continued.
2011 Global Commission on Drug Policy

Drug liberalization

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By way of alternative, the GCDP report "advocates decriminalizing drug use by those who do no harm to others."
2011 Global Commission on Drug Policy

Thorvald Stoltenberg

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Thorvald Stoltenberg (Norway), former Minister of Foreign Affairs and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (deceased 2018; board member In Memorium)
He also joined an international campaign for a less punitive drug policy, the Global Commission on Drug Policy, consisting of, among others, former Latin American leaders.

Kofi Annan

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Kofi Annan (Ghana), former Chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation and Secretary-General of the United Nations(deceased 2018; board member In Memorium)
Global Commission on Drug Policy, founding commissioner. The commission had declared in a 2011 report that the war on drugs was a failure. Annan believed that, since drug use represents a health risk, it should be regulated, comparing it to the regulation of tobacco which reduced smoking in many countries.

Marion Caspers-Merk

Marion Caspers-Merk (Germany), former State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Health (Germany)
Alongside other prominent figures such as Kofi Annan and Javier Solana, Caspers-Merk served on the Global Commission on Drug Policy which advocates reforms in drug policies towards the regulation of all substances.

United Nations General Assembly

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In April 2016, the GCDP reacted to the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) drug conference, saying the commission was "profoundly disappointed with the adopted outcome document".
One group favouring reform, the Global Commission on Drug Policy, and some attendees, expressed disappointment with the "status quo" outcome.

Beckley Foundation

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The Beckley Foundation's Global Initiative for Drug Policy Reform antedated the release of the GCDP report but integrated the GCPD into its November, 2011, British House of Lords meetings.
The Global Initiative for Drug Policy Reform is a collaboration between the All Party Parliamentary Group on Drug Policy, the Global Commission on Drug Policy and the Beckley Foundation.

Pedro Aspe

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At year-end 2017, GCDP board member George Shultz and economist and former secretary of finance in Mexico Pedro Aspe reaffirmed the message of the commission in a New York Times op-ed.

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At year-end 2017, GCDP board member George Shultz and economist and former secretary of finance in Mexico Pedro Aspe reaffirmed the message of the commission in a New York Times op-ed.

Joyce Banda

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Joyce Banda, former President of Malawi

Louise Arbour

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Louise Arbour, former High Commissioner for Human Rights, Canada (membership currently on hold)

Pavel Bém

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Pavel Bém (Czech Republic) former Mayor of Prague, member of the Parliament, Czech Republic

Virgin Group

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Richard Branson (United Kingdom), entrepreneur, advocate for social causes, founder of the Virgin Group, co-founder of The Elders

The Elders (organization)

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Richard Branson (United Kingdom), entrepreneur, advocate for social causes, founder of the Virgin Group, co-founder of The Elders

President of Brazil

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Fernando Henrique Cardoso (Brazil), former President of Brazil (former chair)

International Chamber of Commerce

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Maria Cattaui (Switzerland), former Secretary-General of the International Chamber of Commerce

Helen Clark

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Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand and Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

United Nations Development Programme

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Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand and Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)