Rethinking Metrics to Evaluate Drug Policy

Please join us at a panel discussion on Rethinking Metrics to Evaluate Illicit Drug Policy, organized by the International Centre for Science in Drug Policy and hosted by United Nations University. The event will take place on Thursday, January 21, 2016 from 1 PM to 2:45 PM at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. As seating is limited, we encourage you to RSVP by January 15. RSVP now!

As the UNGASS on the World Drug Problem in April 2016 approaches, questions have arisen about what metrics might best evaluate drug policy. United Nations University will host a discussion organised by the International Centre for Science in Drug Policy (ICSDP) to launch its Open Letter from the Scientific Community on metrics and drug policy.

About the Panel

The panelists will contribute to the ongoing discussion of drug policy metrics by considering the following:

  • Examples of existing feasible and sustainable targets and indicators used by scientists and academics to capture the impacts of drugs and drug policy on community health, safety, development, and human rights.
  • Areas where drug policy targets and indicators might be adjusted to be more relevant to current challenges.
  • The potential impacts of broadening the targets and indicators used to measure the impacts of drugs and drug policy to facilitate a more coherent and effective UN system-wide approach to the world drug problem.


Dr. Kanna Hayashi, Research Scientist, British Colombia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS

Dr. Daliah Heller, Clinical Professor, CUNY School of Public Health

Ms. Genevieve Sander, Human Rights Research Analyst, Harm Reduction International

Dr. Dan Werb, Director, International Centre for Science in Drug Policy

Moderator: Dr. James Cockayne, Head of Office at the UN, UN University

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