Rome Consensus 2.0: Towards a Humanitarian Drug Policy

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Most governments have accepted that harsh punitive drug policies do not work.

The United Nations agencies, through their Chief Executive’s Board, recommend a move to a more public health approach.

Our challenge now is to make this reform a reality on the ground – with better policies, strategies and programmes.

The Rome Consensus 2.0 statement is a call from professionals to governments to make clear and urgent moves towards health and rights based approaches – please sign on to this statement to show your support.


Working together, we can reduce and overcome the avoidable and unacceptable health and social harms associated with the world drug situation.

Help us to advocate and implement a more humane and evidence based drug policy by signing and spreading the Rome Consensus 2.0.

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On the 4th of March, during the 63rd Session of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, the Manifesto “Rome Consensus 2.0 – Towards Humanitarian Drug Policy” was launched during a side event organized by the Red Cross and Red Crescent Partnership on Substance Abuse, together with the C4 Recovery, the Levenson and Villa Maraini Foundations, and the Police, Treatment, and Community Collaborative organization (PTACC).


The Rome Consensus Partners are seeking an experienced, self-motivated, creative coordinator to oversee the delivery of the work plan, and help the Consensus and its partners achieve our ambitions for the coming 12 months.



The sense of the humanitarian policy framework of this declaration comes from the need to give emphasis to a more humane attitude in support of people with drug disorders, to focus our action on those who are struggling with their sickness everyday. In fact, we address our call to action to those persons who live a miserable life because they are discriminated, tortured, deprived of any health and social support, deprived of their rights and dignity because of their drug disorder. The primary objective of humanitarian aid and approach is to save lives, alleviate suffering, and maintain human dignity. Our main goal is mostly focused on the urgency to decrease the harm right now, for people affected by addictions. 

To do so, we need to reduce the side effects caused by social, legal and cultural criminalization and stigmatization of people that use drugs or are living with infectious diseases. We should focus our action to facilitate their access to treatment.  In the same time our advocacy role is to give to those groups a voice, represent their needs, empower them so they can fight with us for their universal right to be treated as humans and treated as patients.

With this aim is crucial to find strategies in order to “bridging the gap” between Civil Society and Institutions, between beneficiaries and communities, between hard to reach groups and hard to reach services. Between them and us. This is the sense of this humanitarian initiative we would like to stress by addressing this declaration both to the CSOs universe and to the governmental environment.

This declaration cannot be the encyclopedia of all theories to tackle drug problems. Our compass is orientated on drug addicts who need help, not on the general population.   Our tool is the humanitarian approach. Our faith is the light of science. Our goal is to save lives and reduce harmful consequences of people with drug disorders.

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Stigma kills more than Drugs