UPDATE: Groups call on member states to reject the new UN Political Declaration on Drugs. Read the statement by Human Rights Watch, International AIDS Society, and the International Harm Reduction Association.
Eleven years ago, the UN's General Assembly held a Special Session on Drugs under the slogan: "A Drug-Free World, We Can Do It!" Member states agreed to ramp up their efforts in the "global war on drugs" by reducing the supply and demand for illegal drugs in their countries.
But civil society advocated that drug policies should focus on "harm reduction" programs (like HIV prevention and needle exchange) rather than criminalizing users and suppliers - which they called ineffective as well as conducive to the violation of the human rights of drug users.
Today, government officials from around the world are meeting in Vienna at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) to review the global drug control efforts of the past ten years and to agree on a new declaration to guide policies in the decade to come.
The Hungarian Civil Liberties Union is hoping to influence the outcome of today's meeting and include a new set of voices in the conversation - through an online video campaign including advocacy videos, testimonies, and animations. Here's one video HCLU produced with a general overview of the campaign: