Child rights and drugs roundtable discussion @ UNGASS2016 in New York

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12 h 00 min - 13 h 30 min

UN Church Centre in New York

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On Monday, 18 April, Defence for Children International will hold a roundtable discussion on “Children’s Rights & the World Drug Problem,” as part of the UNGA Special Session on Drugs at the United Nations in New York.

The roundtable will highlight the harms done by drugs and the drug trade to children and young people all around the world. The punitive trend seems to dominate the issue and has become an obstacle to the effective implementation of international treaties and standards, in particular the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

To fully address the variety of drug-related issues facing children, a differentation must be made between I) measures to prevent, II) measures to care for children who do use drugs, III) measures in the best interest of the child whose parents use drugs, and IV) prevent the use of children in the illicit production and trafficking of such substances.

Monday’s roundtable will discuss children’s rights and international obligations in relation to the world drug problem, aiming to identify the gaps that impede the effective upholding of international standards (i.e. data collection & research; cross-sectorial approaches; promising practices) & evaluate ways to bridge such gaps through coordinated collaboration of different actors.

Speakers at the roundtable will include:

  • Mihail Stoican, Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, Sweden
  • Lina Pastorek, Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, Sweden
  • Representative, European Union
  • Nicolas Espejo Yaksic, Office Special Representative to the Secretary General on Violence against Children (SRSG/VAC)
  • Robert Husbands, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
  • Nina Ferencic, HIV/AIDS & Young People Health and Development, UNICEF
  • Damon Barrett, International Centre on Human Rights & Drug Policy, University of Essex
  • Kasirye Rogers, Uganda Youth Development Link (UYDEL)
  • Kristina Sperkova, President, IOGT International
  • Anna D. Tomasi, Defence for Children International (DCI)

Read DCI’s joint statement with other child rights NGOs on addressing child rights issues in the world drug problem:

Child Rights and the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Drugs – From Rethoric to Accountability  English | Español


DCI will be in New York following the entire UNGASS on the world drug problem. Read more about DCI and UNGASS2016 here.