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global commission drug policy

Model Drug Law

Selected at the 2019 Paris Peace Forum to receive one year of support in 2020

Project led by : 

Global Commission on Drug Policy (GCDP)

Geographical Area

The project targets national policy makers, key civil society organizations, and journalists to significantly and sustainably strengthen the capacity for improved drug laws in West Africa and beyond. Given significant similarities, a replication for Eastern and Southern Africa where countries are affected by a heroin trafficking route is planned.


The Model Drug Law provides policy makers with concrete guidance on how to make changes towards evidence-based, balanced and effective national drug laws that are grounded in the principles of human rights and human security, social inclusion, public health, development, and civil society engagement. It complies with international obligations and includes best practice from around the world.


The Global Commission on Drug Policy was established by political leaders, cultural figures, and globally influential personalities to promote evidenced-based drug policy reforms that also address issues of public health, social integration and security, with a strict regard for human rights. The Commission currently comprises 26 members, including 14 former Heads of States or Government and three Nobel Prize laureates. Since its founding in 2011, the Global Commission has fundamentally changed the global debate on drug policy and public awareness of the issue. Its thematic reports have generated reactions from the White House and other government and close to 10,000 media articles in the world’s top media in over 180 countries. They have been used to justify government and legislative reforms, including in Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Uruguay. The members of the Global Commission have met and discussed with the UN Secretary General and heads of UN agencies, e.g. UNODC, UNDP, WHO, and UNAIDS, as well as national governments. They have supported the creation of coalitions of “like-minded” states and strengthened civil society groups around the world to advocate for progressive reform.

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