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Drugs are a Development Issue: An Introduction to Legal Regulation
Helen Clark is the newly appointed Chair of the Global Commission on Drugs Policy. Helen has also served as Administrator of the United Nations Development Program and the Chair of the United Nations Development Group. Prior to her appointment with UNDP, Helen Clark was the first woman elected as Prime Minister of New Zealand, serving three successive terms from 1999 to 2008. Helen Clark is a champion of inclusive and sustainable development and an advocate for drug policy reform.
Philasande Mahlakata is Project Coordinator for Umzimvubu Farmers Support Network. UFSN is based in Mpondoland in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. The network currently sits on the provincial government initiated steering committee for the development of the cannabis industry.
Dr Duncan Green is Senior Strategic Adviser at Oxfam GB and Professor in Practice in International Development at the London School of Economics. He is author of How Change Happens and From Poverty to Power: How Active Citizens and Effective States can Change the World. He also writes a daily development blog.
Ann Fordham directs the work of International Drugs Policy Consortium. Ann leads on international advocacy efforts on drug policy and human rights, specifically calling for reform of laws and policies that have proven ineffective in reducing the scale of the drug market and have negatively impacted vulnerable population groups such as people who use drugs and growers of illicit crops. Ann is the Chair of the Strategic Advisory Group to the United Nations on drug use and HIV.
In the first of our 8 webinars, we launch with a rallying call to action.
Legal regulation has the potential to provide redress for the decades of untold misery and destroyed lives resulting from prohibition across the world. It is critical for sustainable development.
The development and drug policy reform movements must come together to push for the legal regulation of drugs – and ensure legal regulation which delivers for social justice, public health, and the SDGs.
Speakers include the International Drug Policy Consortium who will launch their ‘Principles for the responsible legal regulation of cannabis’, a visionary document that places human rights, social justice, social equity and gender equality at the centre of a framework for legal regulation. While focused on cannabis, the principles are a helpful lens for all drug trades. We are delighted to be using this framework as our guide on this series.
This webinar will further explore how legal regulation can be implemented to deliver for social justice and the SDGs – setting the scene for the rest of the series.