Join Rome Consensus 2.0 and Support Don't Punish
As you may know, June 26th every year is the United Nations official International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (World Drug Day). Since 1987, this Day has been designed to help focus attention in the media and in politics towards drug-related issues and challenges around the world.
Historically, however, the Day has been “celebrated” in a controversial way – with many governments showcasing the ‘war on drugs’ approach, numbers of arrests, and volumes of drugs seized. In some extreme cases, governments have even held public executions on this day to demonstrate their commitment to the cause. More recently, however, efforts have been made to use this day more productively – and to promote more humane drug policies. In that spirit, the Rome Consensus 2.0 partnership is encouraging you all to engage and join us from June 23rd until June 26th, to help promote its statement worldwide, and to support some of the well-aligned campaigns on World Drug Day.
Which campaigns? Since 2013, the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) has run the Support Don’t Punish campaign – which has made World Drug Day its Global Day of Action. Support Don’t Punish is a locally-driven campaign in support of health- and rights-based drug policies including harm reduction and decriminalization. This year between June 23rd and June 26th, the Rome Consensus 2.0 initiative and Support Don’t Punish will present a co-branded campaign to advocate for a Humanitarian Drug Policy and spread the RC2 statement across 5 continents. If you are planning any other campaigns or advocacy work on World Drug Day this year, which also aligns closely to the Rome Consensus 2.0, please do let us know!
We want to hear from you: how can you get involved? Here are just some of the ways you can be active on (and around) the 26th June this year, and help us to promote the Rome Consensus 2.0 and the other aligned messages:
1. Spread the word!
Please share about the Rome Consensus 2.0, invite your friends to follow our Instagram :: Twitter :: LinkedIn pages, and ask people to join the 1,100 signatories who believe in humanitarian drug policy in order to save lives. We have prepared some example tweets and posts that you can use, and these are available here. We also invite you to share some of the social media images below. By using the pixelated, anonymous faces, we are highlighting that anyone can be impacted by ineffective drug policies – it could be you, a family member, a neighbour, a friend, a colleague. This is not a problem that only affects “others”, it affects us all, and everyone deserves to receive the support, protection and empowerment to overcome the challenges they may face.
2. Join our online discussion on June 23rd – save the date!
On Wednesday, June 23rd at 4 PM (CET) the Rome Consensus 2.0 partnership will host an online discussion, under the theme of Support Don’t Punish, to explore what this means across different continents. More details will follow soon! We are also inviting Rome Consensus 2.0 supporters to apply to speak at this event – to highlight the work you are doing locally and the drug policy situation and challenges in your country or region. To apply to speak, please complete this form by June 8th, 2021.
3. Get creative – help us design a new slogan!
The Rome Consensus 2.0 has been created to promote more humane drug policies – but we need a more effective slogan that helps to communicate what we stand for. We are therefore launching a slogan contest. Please enter here by June 8th, 2021, and encourage your friends and colleagues to enter too. The winner will be announced on June 26th.
4. Take your photo!
A key part of the Support Don’t Punish campaign is the ‘photo project’: a form of visual petition whereby more than 10,000 people have so far submitted a photo of themselves holding up the campaign logo in order to demonstrate their support. This year, we encourage you all to download this special poster and take your photo to show that you are backing both the Rome Consensus and the Support Don’t Punish messages. You can then share the photo on social media – maybe even making it your profile picture for the day – but please, don’t forget to tag @rome_consensus_2.0 and @SupportDontPunish on Instagram; @RomeConsensus and @SDPcampaign on Twitter and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org so that you can be added to the thousands of others that are part of this movement.
ROME CONSENSUS 2.0 AT THE UNITED NATIONS 64TH COMMISSION ON NARCOTIC DRUGS VIRTUAL SIDE EVENT
The Rome Consensus 2.0 alliance presented a virtual side event at the 64th Commission on Narcotic Drugs on April 16th, 2021: “Moving beyond the divisions in order to develop humanitarian drug policies: the role of the Rome Consensus 2.0 initiative”
ROME CONSENSUS AT THE UNITED NATIONS 63RD COMMISION ON NARCOTIC DRUGS SIDE EVENT IN VIENNA
On March 4th 2020, 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).