Ahead of UN Summit, Global Leaders Call for End to 'Disastrous' Drug War

October 5, 2020 0 By HearthstoneYarns

More than 1,000 world leaders, celebrities, and other societal figures have signed a letter calling for an end to the “disastrous” drug war ahead of an upcoming United Nations summit to discuss the organization’s nearly two-decade-long campaign against narcotics.

“Humankind cannot afford a 21st century drug policy as ineffective and counterproductive as the last century’s,” reads the letter, organized by the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), a drug reform advocacy group.

The signatories, which include Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) as well as the former presidents and prime ministers of Mexico, Colombia, and the Netherlands, among others, are urging UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to usher in “real drug reform policy,” one grounded in “science, compassion, health and human rights.”

It is published ahead of the UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs, which is scheduled to take place next week in New York, and follows similar condemnations of the drug war by health experts and former Latin American heads of state.

The letter reads:

As DPA executive director Ethan Nadelmann said on Thursday, “The influence and diversity of the leaders who signed this letter is unprecedented.”

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