INCB participation at UNGASS side events

20 April 2016 - The INCB delegation participated in interactive panel discussions during side events conducted in parallel with the UNGASS plenary.

The INCB President, Mr. Sipp, participated in a side event on "a public health approach as a base for drug policy: the Portuguese case". On the same day, the INCB President also addressed another side event on "Towards evidence-based public health policy: the successful Czech model of decriminalization". Mr. Sipp's statements at these two events outlined the flexibility provided by the conventions with regard to the punishment of drug-related offences of a minor nature.

The INCB President also addressed the audience at a side event on "Addressing global disparities in access to controlled substances for medical purposes, with focus on treatment and pain relief, while preventing diversion and misuse".

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