UNGASS 2016: Considerations from the Peruvian experience, by Otárola Peñaranda

The phenomenon of illicit drugs is one of the most urgent public affairs of contemporary politics. There is practically no indifferent State to the narcotic drugs control or the prevention of its consumption. The political field on this theme is now subject of much controversy and conflicting views. Precisely, one of the central objectives of the UNGASS is to bring the positions closer and create a general consensus. Peru considers that drug policies should be adopted in accordance with the reality of each country, with unconditional respect for Human Rights and in accordance with international conventions on drugs. If the reality of each country demands new approaches, these must be comprehensive, balanced and multidimensional, aligned with the United Nations fundamental values: peace, security, fundamental rights and development. Key in this conception is the integral and sustainable Alternative Development, a public policy applied in Peru since several years ago, its success highlighted by the indicators expressing its triple conception: prevention, supply control and alternative development. Read paper


Alberto Otárola Peñaranda is the Executive President of the Peruvian Commission for Development and Life without Drugs – DEVIDA.

This paper was prepared for the EU-LAC Foundation Newsletter on "The Drug World Problem" of March 2016. This is a translation of the responsibility of the EU-LAC Foundation; to read the original version in Spanish, please follow the link here.