United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on Alternative Development
Over the last 25 years, UNODC has played a leading role in assisting Member States to develop and implement drug control policies, including policies of alternative development. Alternative development continues to be the principal method used by Member States and UNODC to address illicit drug crop cultivation.
The framework for UNODC operations is the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961 as amended by the 1972 Protocol, the Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971 and United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of 1988. On the occasion of UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the World Drug Problem in 1998 , alternative development was officially defined and the ten-year Action Plan on International Cooperation on the Eradication of Illicit Drug Crops and on Alternative Development was elaborated.
The “Open-ended intergovernmental expert working group on international cooperation on the eradication of illicit drug crops and on alternative development” was one of the five working groups that were organised as part of the UNGASS review process. The working groups prepared for the high-level segment of the 52nd session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in March 2009. The EU experts present at the meeting drafted a new text with the key points to be included in the conclusion of the working group, complementing the existing EU position on alternative development.
Legal Library on Drug Control
The UNODC online Legal Library on Drug Control is a legislative database that provides access to various laws and regulations on drug control, as adopted by States and territories in order to implement the three international drug control conventions.This tool offers a valuable source of information for legislative drafters, policymakers, researchers and students on drug control legislation. The library contains legislation from over 180 States and territories dating back to 1948. It is regularly updated with new and revised legislation based on information from relevant national authorities or publicly available.
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