“Nothing is more timely than the establishment and operation of an observatory to provide analysis and to allow policy                                   reforms to be based on evidence: evidence of failures and evidence of success”  GDPO Patron, Ruth Dreifuss (Former President of the Swiss Confederation & Former Chair of the Global Commission on Drug Policy)

About the Observatory

National 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. 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, elite opinion formers and researchers as well as those 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.

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