Linking Cannabis policy to the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN.

Post initially published on LinkedIn by Kenzi Riboulet Zemouli.

In 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 ambitious goals for a safer, fairer and better world by 2030 (the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs). These goals focus on ending poverty, fighting inequalities and stopping climate change. Guided by the goals, all governments are amending their long-term strategies to fit this agenda. But businesses, civil society and the general public are also called to work together to contribute to future societies more equal and balanced socially, geographically, ethically and environmentally.

If we do not change course by 2020, we risk missing the point where we can avoid runaway climate change, with disastrous consequences for people and all the natural systems that sustain us” Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General

We have identified that the Cannabis plant – mostly the uses made by humankind of this resource, well known as “hemp” – can substantially help to achieve this 2030 SDG Agenda.

Certainly, the very plant helps. But besides, sticking to current restrictive policies concerning the psychoactive uses (therapeutical or recreational) prevents from achieving part of the Goals, in particular those linked to human rights, fairness of institutions and criminal justice or health concerns.

All in all, a renewed approach to policing Cannabis, and a reframed approach focusing on Development and Rights, could considerably help meeting more than 60 out of the 169 targets among all 17 SDGs.

Linking Cannabis to the SDG | Cannabis policy & Global goals of the United Nations

In December, during the Vienna International Cannabis Policy Conference linked to the closing session of the 61st UN Drugs Commission (CND), FAAAT think & do tank will publish a detailed report summarizing the policy perspectives opened by this renewed approach to Cannabis-related regulations, laws, policies and practices

This report will be received by the United Nations CND in parallel of the final scheduling recommendations of the WHO, in a meeting at the UN headquarters in Vienna, Austria. It will be the final global meeting before the High-Level UN Session on drug policy (March 2019) where new Cannabis Treaty scheduling and the 2019-2029 plan of action will be definitively adopted.

Thus, the International Cannabis Policy Conference, December 7-9th 2018 will be the last opportunity for inputs from key stakeholders: researchers, NGOs, students, public officials, policymakers, private sector businesses, investors, and all other interested parties – on this very crucial issue, at a moment where countries will have to agree on future common policies and international market perspectives.

This event will merge the contributions of researchers and Cannabis & industrial hemp markets players and products innovations relevant to the achievements of the SDGs (SDG) with fresh updates of the WHO modifications of international scheduling controls and regulations. The Conference will include sessions with top research, industry and policy leaders and an exposition hall showcasing related food, products and services.

Learn more about the International Cannabis Policy Conference:

FAAAT (For Alternative Approaches to Addiction, Think & do tank) is an international advocacy and research NGO that addresses the policies of addiction, controlled and illicit drugs, and plants, products or substances liable to produce harms or dependence. | Vision: Evidence-based, democratic, transparent and measurable drug policies • framed by fundamental rights • grounded on sustainable development • empowering people and communities • enhancing social justice and health. | Mission: Research rigorous and ethical policy alternatives • and take action through advocacy at all level, social engineering, partnership and collective action • to upgrade policies and practices.

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