Health and human rights-centered drug policies: the essential role of International Geneva

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Auditorium Ivan Pictet
Maison de la paix, Genève

At the recent UN General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem, delegates and negotiators benefited from the input of Geneva’s human rights and health mechanisms. How can Geneva’s participation in the drugs issue be sustained in order to find the right responses to addressing illicit drugs, while upholding human dignity and protecting public health?

Introductory remarks

  • Ruth Dreifuss, former President of Switzerland and Minister of Home Affairs, Chair of the Global Commission on Drug Policy
  • Michael Møller, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva

Keynote speech

  • Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations, member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy


  • Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou, Adjunct Professor of International History, The Graduate Institute, Geneva. Member of the Commission on the Impact of Drug Trafficking on Governance, Security, and Development in West Africa 


  • Amb. Krystyna Marty Lang, Deputy State Secretary, Switzerland
  • Amb. Bente Angell-Hansen, Chair of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs
  • Michel Kazatchkine, former Executive Director, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
  • Maria Cattaui, former Secretary-General, International Chamber of Commerce, Switzerland


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