PRI started working with the International Drug Policy Consortium in early 2015 to share expertise, resources and contacts to strengthen our advocacy on drug policy reform, in particular in the run-up to the UN General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS), held in April 2016.
PRI and IDPC have collaborated on a number of projects and events, including jointly organising an informal civil society consultation meeting on UNGASS, and events at international fora, including the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), the UN Crime Commission (CCPCJ) and the UNGASS itself.
In addition, PRI and IDPC produced a joint publication – 10 plan on reforming criminal justice responses to drugs, and PRI contributed a section on drug-related policies in prison to IDPC’s Drug Policy Guide.
“Benefiting from PRI’s invaluable expertise on criminal justice issues has been very beneficial for the membership … PRI introduced IDPC to new audiences at the international level through the CCPCJ, while IDPC offered guidance to PRI on attendance at global drug forums such as CND and UNGASS.”
“Partnership working is always a learning process, but collaborative work with PRI has been very easy and effective.”
“We have benefited considerably from IDPC’s expertise and insights into drug policy issues across the whole range of policy areas involved, the history of the international framework, and of previous UNGASS sessions. This has been crucial for enabling us to put criminal justice policies into the wider context.”
“The partnership between PRI and IDPC is a model example of mutual benefit gained from cooperation between NGOs.”