A conference of world MPs at the United Nations in New York has highlighted the need for fresh thinking to meet the challenges of the world drug problem. The parliamentary hearing, jointly organized by IPU and the Office of the President of the UN General Assembly, drew MPs and other experts from around the world to evaluate current drug policy and search for new solutions. The meeting concluded that greater international cooperation was useful, but that countries should take advantage of the flexibility provided by existing conventions to tailor their own solutions to the drug problem. This may include decriminalizing the use and possession of light drugs like cannabis, within a strict regulatory system, as several countries have done. read more
Speakers of Parliament from across South Asia have pledged to step up action to curb tobacco use, which kills more than 1.5 million people in the region every year. The commitment is part of a comprehensive declaration by the Speakers after a summit on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), internationally agreed targets which include ending extreme poverty and hunger and improving global health by 2030. read more
Eleven inspiring speakers with powerful stories to tell are preparing to share their ideas on Transforming Lives at a TEDx event in Geneva on 11 February. The event will celebrate and spread the word about the global impact of Geneva-based international organizations. It is being organized and hosted by colleagues from the UN Office at Geneva and the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, with support from nine other associated agencies, including IPU. read more
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