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Reinforcing Humanitarian Commitment: Rome Consensus 2.0 Statements at CND67

During the 67th Session of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) reaffirmed its commitment to a humanitarian drug policy centered on humanity, health, and human rights. Through two fundamental statements, presented in both the regular session and the high-level segment, the Rome Consensus 2.0 highlights the importance of addressing the global drug problem with compassion, scientific evidence, and a focus on equity in health access.

Focus on Health and Human Rights

Dr. Massimo Barra, founder of the Rome Consensus 2.0 and head of the IFRC Substance Abuse Partnership.

The Rome Consensus 2.0 emphasizes the need to move away from punitive models in drug policies, proposing instead a paradigm based on health and human rights. This initiative advocates for intersectoral and multistakeholder approaches that consider specific gender and age needs, as well as the impacts of social and environmental determinants on health.

The Value of Communities and Cooperation

Both statements underscore the crucial role of national societies as auxiliaries to public authorities and their significant contribution to strengthening health systems, especially in prevention, treatment, and care in cooperation with civil society, the scientific and public health structure, and the affected communities.

Call to Action

This moment represents a unique opportunity for Member States and stakeholders to discuss challenges and reaffirm their commitment to evidence-based and humanitarian drug policies. The IFRC and its partners are ready to share their practices and knowledge on the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including overdose and associated health challenges.

Downloads and More Information

To delve deeper into the commitments and proposals of the Rome Consensus 2.0 presented at CND67, we provide the complete documents of the statements and the video of the ministerial segment statement:

We join the call for drug policy reform, moving towards models that recognize and promote the rights of people who use drugs, and we encourage the promotion of health and human rights-based approaches in our communities.