The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) was established in 1968 as the monitoring body for the implementation of the United Nations international drug control conventions. Tensions have arisen about the way the INCB performs its duties and about its legal interpretation of the conventions which many feel goes beyond its mandate.

  • IDPC response to the 2013 Annual Report of the International Narcotics Control Board

    International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC)
    August 2014

    The publication of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) Report for 2013 took place in the context of major shifts in the drug policy landscape. Uruguay became the world’s first country to legally regulate the market for recreational cannabis, while the US states of Washington and Colorado also began the process of establishing structures for regulating their domestic cannabis markets. These measures represent a seismic shift for the international drug control system and the three treaties that underpin it.

    Download the report (PDF - outside link)

  • INCB speaks out against death penalty

    The Board does not decide whether cannabis should be downgraded in the schedules
    Martin Jelsma
    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

    UN’s International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) unprecedented condemnation of the use of death penalty for drug-related offences is welcome if long overdue. The bigger question is whether INCB’s consideration of human rights can be extended into a proper human rights and evidence-based examination of UN’s entire drug control regime.

  • Time for UN to open up dialogue on drug policy reform and end counter-productive blame-game

    Press release by TNI/GDPO
    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

    As the UN International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) launches its annual report on Tuesday, 4 March, amidst an unprecedented crisis in the international drug control regime, leading drug policy reform experts have called on the INCB and related UN institutions to urgently open up a constructive dialogue on international drug policy reform.

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  • INCB vs Uruguay: the art of diplomacy

    INCB President Yans disqualified himself and should consider stepping down
    Martin Jelsma
    Tuesday, December 17, 2013

    dominoInternational tensions over Uruguay’s decision to regulate the cannabis market reached new levels when Raymond Yans, president of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), accused Uruguay of negligence with regard to public health concerns, deliberately blocking dialogue attempts and having a "pirate attitude" towards the UN conventions. President Mujica reacted angrily, declaring that someone should "tell that guy to stop lying," while Milton Romani, ambassador to the Organisation of American States (OAS), said that Yans "should consider resigning because this is not how you treat sovereign states."


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