The Road to UNGASS 2016 on the World Drug Problem

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  • DATE / TIME:
    2014•11•17    15:00 - 17:00
    New York

    The General Assembly’s Special Session on the World Drug Problem in 2016 (UNGASS 2016) offers a unique opportunity to evaluate and adjust drug control arrangements to ensure they reflect the original concern of the drug control conventions — the ‘health and welfare of mankind’ — despite the social, political and economic changes over the last half century. This roundtable discussion will consider what steps are currently being taken, and what additional steps might be undertaken, by members of the UN community to help all stakeholders prepare for UNGASS 2016.

    About the roundtable discussion

    In advance of the reconvening of the Committee on Narcotic Drugs’ (CND) 57th Session in December 2014, the United Nations University is hosting a roundtable discussion on 17 November to help raise awareness of this process, consider what steps are currently being taken, and what additional steps might be undertaken, by the UN Membership, by CND, and by the UN Secretariat, Task Force, agencies, funds and programmes, to help all stakeholders prepare for UNGASS 2016.

    Moderator: Dr. David M. Malone, Rector of UN University and Under-Secretary-General of the UN

    Contributions from:

    • H.E. Amb. María Emma Mejía Vélez, Permanent Representative of Colombia to the United Nations
    • Ms Jessica Faieta, Assistant Secretary-General and Assistant Administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean, UN Development Programme
    • United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime 
    • Mr Ninan Varughese, Senior Adviser at UNAIDS New York Office
    • Mr James Cockayne, Head of Office at the United Nations, United Nations University
    • Ms Heather Haase, Chair, New York NGO Committee on Drugs
    • Mr Esbjörn Hörnberg, Acting Chairperson, Vienna NGO Committee on Narcotic Drugs
    • Ms Alison Holcomb, ACLU-Washington State

    A moderated Q&A session will follow.


    Advance registration (by 16 November) is required. Please note, however, that space is limited, and the event may not be able to accommodate everyone who wishes to attend. Participants needing a UN grounds pass can pick it up upon entry to the event at the UN visitor’s entrance on 45th street and 1st avenue starting at 2:30 pm. The event will also be webcast on UNTV.

    Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.

    Any questions or comments on this event should be sent to Leni Kinzli at the UNU Office in New York (

  • United Nations Headquarters, Conference Building, Conference Room 8

  • Ms. Leni Kinzli