IDPC: The Global Drug Policy Network

IDPC: The Global Drug Policy Network

The International Drug Policy Consortium is a global network of NGOs Advocating for drug policies based on health and human rights.
‘A new approach to drugs based on public health,… …human rights, and the inclusion of people who use drugs.’ Support. Don’t Punish. IDPC ensures these views are heard at the UN and regional and national forums. ‘If we really are to move towards a people-centred response… …then there are some serious questions that governments must ask of themselves.’ ‘69,000 people around the world die every year from an opiate overdose.’ IDPC provides expertise and analysis And tracks and shares drug policy developments worldwide Via a range of online channels And live coverage of UN drug summits at ‘Our main job is to get to a position where no country in the world… …stigmatises, punishes, represses people just because of the fact they are drug users.’ [Over 3,000 US prisoners serving life without parole for non-violent crimes] ‘The collective goal is to bring the best practices that we have from evidence to drug policy approaches in all different countries.’ ‘The network is really about the membership and members becoming stronger and more visible.’ ‘The International Drug Policy Consortium is just about its members.’ ‘The Guide is a perfect example of how the membership as a whole is included in a process.’ ‘Members have been drafting chapters, reviewing the chapters, making sure they’re happy with the contents.’ ‘At the very beginning it was just about 37 member organisations… …and now we have 148.’ ‘IDPC has managed to grow exponentially in only a few years… …and it’s managed to bring together people and organisations… …from a broader spectrum than the drug policy reform movement.’ ‘If there’s something that needs to be done in Indonesia… …then we can link to our Indonesian partners and say: “You guys have the expertise, can you please help out?”‘ ‘It manages to create an environment in which governments are confident to work with civil society organisations.’ ‘On numerous occasions, IDPC and UNODC find themselves in the same meetings, often seeing eye to eye.’ ‘They made it quite clear that they are an indispensable partner… …in this never-ending quest of putting the evidence on the table so that societies, communities and member states… …really take decisions on the basis of what works.’ ‘They are really balanced, sharp, they don’t avoid the real questions.’ ‘It is not set in stone, it’s not ideological, it’s really about finding the evidence-based and the best policies.’ ‘One of IDPC’s successes over these certainly last five years… …is that wherever there’s a serious drug policy debate going on, we have a staff member or representative involved.’ ‘Whether it’s government conferences, academic conferences, advocacy gatherings… …members of IDPC, partners of ours are involved in, supporting and usually speaking. So that’s a big success.’ ‘Another key achievement, for me, has been the Support. Don’t Punish. campaign… …which has mobilised so many activists all around the world.’ ‘It’s been contributing to the strengthening of the movement behind one common message, which is: Stop criminalising people who use drugs, promote harm reduction interventions, promote health over incarceration and over punishment.’ ‘We’re already looking forward to the next big moment after this UNGASS.’ ‘We need to continue to build that momentum towards 2019… …when governments will come together and negotiate a new political declaration and action plan.’ ‘All of us in the next 10 years have the possibility to achieve a substantive change… …in the way that the drug control regime functions,… …and maybe to reverse some of the negative consequences.’ ‘Just by stimulating more debate, more analysis, more constructive advice, you can affect policies.’ ‘Once we win these policy arguments, the next thing to do is help countries implement law reform.’ ‘There are big challenges for the next decade and I think we all should be united to face it together.’ ‘There’s a lot of experience from all over the world presented at IDPC… …and that gives us the confidence and the courage to continue.’ ‘Drug policy advocacy is difficult. It can be very challenging. You can feel up against a brick wall… …and we are only as strong as our network is.’

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