CND 2015 Side Event: E-Book of Authorities

E-Book of Authorities launched at 2015 CND to support international drug policy debates and negotiations

e-bookThe “E-Book of Authorities” is a civil society-led project to catalogue agreed UN statements and language on a selection of key topics. It aims to show the extent of existing international support for evidence-based drug policies, and to support international drug policy discussions, debates and negotiations.

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This e-tool is an update of the report “Book of Authorities: Building Consensus” from 2009, to inform negotiations on the 2009 Political Declaration and Plan of Action. The resource has now been updated and reconceptualised as an online ‘e-tool’ in time for the UNGASS on drugs in 2016. This new edition is maintained by a coalition of partners including the International Drug Policy Consortium, Harm Reduction International and the Transnational Institute, and funded by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

The topics covered include harm reduction, human rights, the death penalty, access to controlled substances for medical and scientific purposes, the flexibilities of the UN drug conventions, drug cultivation and alternative development, and civil society engagement.

The E-Book was presented on March 13, 2015, at a side event at the 58th Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND).


Monica Beg - Chief, HIV/AIDS Section, UNODC
Jamie Bridge - Senior Policy Manager, International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC)
Maria Phelan - Head of Advocacy and Policy, Harm Reduction International (HRI)
Martin Jelsma - Coordinator, TNI Drugs and Democracy Programme