POW420 ~ UNGASS Press Release
UN General Assembly plans to hold a review of the drug control system April 19–21, 2016, in New York City.
What is UNGASS?
The United Nations General Assembly Special Session, or UNGASS, is a meeting of UN member states to assess and debate global issues such as health, gender, or in this case, the world’s drug control priorities. The last time a special session on drugs was held, in 1998, its focus was the total elimination of drugs from the world. Today, political leaders and citizens are pushing to rethink that ineffective and dangerous approach.
Why does this summit matter?
International debates on drugs are rarely more than reaffirmations of the established system. But 2016 is different.
Never before have so many governments voiced displeasure with the international drug control regime. Never before, to this degree, have citizens put drug law reform on the agenda and passed regulatory proposals via referenda or by popular campaigns. Never before have the health benefits of harm reduction approaches—which prevent overdose and transmission of diseases like HIV—been clearer. For the first time, there is significant dissent at the local, national, and international levels.
UNGASS 2016 is an unparalleled opportunity to put an end to the horrors of the drug war and instead prioritize health, human rights, and safety.
Our partners are working with civil society groups and governments to promote real debate on drug law reform. This work includes coordinating meetings between governments and grassroots organizations, publishing reports on priorities for international debate, organizing days of action to draw attention to the damages of the drug war, and holding events that will engage policymakers.
Why a POW420 ~ Press Release?
It is important for the cannabis comunity to be present at this event. POW420 is happy to announce that we have been working for a year to guarantee stakeholders position. In February 2016 Dennis Boisvert attended a pre-UNGASS event. Dennis and Adela Falk will be attending this event representing cannabis prisoners. POW420 is currently working on an application that will allow 11 people to speak at this event, wish us luck.
We are asking for your help - First and foremost we need your feedback, please, share your opinions, tell us what is important to you. Most importantly none of this would be possible without your donations. Attending this event is totally out of pocket for Dennis and Adela- who both feel this is vital to ending cannabis prohibition. If you can help make this trip possible and allow Dennis and Adela to spread the message that No-one belongs in jail for a plant donate today - Click here-donate!
On behalf of POW420 - Thank you!