Global Drug Policy Observatory

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GDPO - image 1National and international drug policies and programmes that privilege harsh law enforcement and punishment in an effort to eliminate the cultivation, production, trade and use of controlled substances – what has become known as the ‘war on drugs’ - are coming under increased scrutiny.  This is driven by concerns that such a policy approach often results in ineffective strategies that not only have limited impacts in reducing the harmful consequences of the illicit market, but also can themselves lead to significant adverse consequences in a range of domains including public health, human rights, governance and security.   

Reporting - Monitoring - Analysis

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Within this context, The Global Drug Policy Observatory aims to promote evidence and human rights based drug policy through the comprehensive and rigorous reporting, monitoring and analysis of policy developments at national and international levels.  Acting as a platform from which to reach
out to and engage with broad and diverse
audiences, the initiative aims to help improve the sophistication and horizons of the current policy debate among the media and elite opinion formers as well as within law enforcement and policy making communities.

The Observatory engages in a range of research activities that explore not only the dynamics and implications of existing and emerging policy issues, but also the processes behind policy shifts at various levels of governance.