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Sensible Drug Policy Show is a podcast created by Students for Sensible Drug Policy International where we share insights from young advocates at the forefront of local, national and international decision-making around drugs. Our network is an active force for reform in more than 30 countries around the world. From high-level meetings and negotiations at the United Nations, to grassroots initiatives, here’s an exclusive look at the opinions, challenges and successes of the most promising young leaders in drug policy. Hear from policy experts - both current students and alumni - who will share their experience, tips, and insider knowledge about the most recent developments in the field.

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Sensible Drug Policy Show is a podcast created by Students for Sensible Drug Policy International where we share insights from young advocates at the forefront of local, national and international decision-making around drugs. Our network is an active force for reform in more than 30 countries around the world. From high-level meetings and negotiations at the United Nations, to grassroots initiatives, here’s an exclusive look at the opinions, challenges and successes of the most promising young leaders in drug policy. Hear from policy experts - both current students and alumni - who will share their experience, tips, and insider knowledge about the most recent developments in the field.

    5. Support. Don't Punish 2022

    5. Support. Don't Punish 2022

    Discover more about our local actions this year:
    Nigeria: https://www.ssdp-intl.org/blog/10/support-dont-punish-activities-across-nigeria
    Liberia: https://www.ssdp-intl.org/blog/11/support-dont-punish-activities-part-2-liberia
    University of Calabar, Nigeria: https://www.ssdp-intl.org/blog/12/support-dont-punish-activities-part-3-university-of-calabar
    Freetown, Sierra Leone: https://www.ssdp-intl.org/blog/13/support-dont-punish-activities-part-4-sierra-leone
    Learn more about Support. Don't Punish on the website: https://supportdontpunish.org/ 

    In the fifth episode, we focus on the Support. Don't Punish Global day of action 2022 on June 26th. This is the day when campaigners in all corners of the world mobilise to counter the harmful ‘war on drugs’ and the many systems of violence and neglect at its heart, and to build sustainable alternatives based on harm reduction and decriminalisation. We are proud to host Eevelyn Aba, National Secretary at SSDP Ghana, and Molly Ogbodum, student and activist at the University of Calabar, Nigeria, Vice President of SSDP UNICAL Chapter and The Harm Reduction Working Group Team lead at SSDP Nigeria. In the second part of the episode, we host Juan Fernández Ochoa, Campaigns & Communications Officer at the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC). In this role, Juan leads on the development of the “Support. Don’t Punish campaign” at the global level, and maintains and expands the internal and external communication channels of the IDPC network.  

    In this episode you will hear about:  

    ▸ Main challenges that people who use drugs face in parts of Ghana and Nigeria 
    ▸ How to organise a successful Support. Don't Punish local action 
    ▸ History and origins of Support. Don't Punish     

    Sensible Drug Policy Show is a podcast created by Students for Sensible Drug Policy International where we share insights from young advocates at the forefront of local, national and international decision-making around drugs. Our network is an active force for reform in more than 30 countries around the world. From high-level meetings and negotiations at the United Nations, to grassroots initiatives, here’s an exclusive look at the opinions, challenges and successes of the most promising young leaders in drug policy. Hear from policy experts - both current students and alumni - who will share their experience, tips, and insider knowledge about the most recent developments in the field.   

    Follow our social media for recent accomplishments of young people and the unique training opportunities we offer.   

    Instagram: @ssdpintl 
    Twitter: @SSDPIntl  
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SSDPIntl/

    • 1 hr 29 min
    4. How to Engage with your Government at the UN

    4. How to Engage with your Government at the UN

    Tune in for our fourth episode where we cover some practical strategies on how to engage with decision makers in your country in order to access spaces of advocacy at the international level, ie at the United Nations and beyond. This episode features Nazlee Maghsoudi, Manager of the Policy Impact Unit at the Centre on Drug Policy Evaluation (CDPE), and Chair of the Executive Committee of the New York NGO Committee on Drugs (NYNGOC), and Heath, advocate for the rights of people who use drugs and Project Facilitator for cannabis education campaign at CSSDP.   

    In this episode you will hear about:   

    ▸ How to build and strengthen relationships with decision makers of your government  
    ▸ Strategies to engage and join your country's delegation to represent the youth voice at the United Nations  
    ▸ Why is the youth voice important in international drug policy forums   

    Here is the List of Participants of the CND 2022 that Nazlee mentioned in the show: https://www.unodc.org/documents/commissions/CND/2022/LoP_65_CND_Final_V2201781.pdf (The list is always on the dedicated UNODC page for each session. Here is the page for the 65th session: https://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/commissions/CND/session/65_Session_2022/65CND_Main.html )  

    Want to support advocacy at the UN? This work is made possible by the generous support of our community of donors, comprising various foundations, businesses and individuals. Your donation makes a difference! Donate to our fundraising campaign at this link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/donate-for-youth-advocacy-at-the-united-nations   

    Sensible Drug Policy Show is a podcast created by Students for Sensible Drug Policy International where we share insights from young advocates at the forefront of local, national and international decision-making around drugs. Our network is an active force for reform in more than 30 countries around the world. From high-level meetings and negotiations at the United Nations, to grassroots initiatives, here’s an exclusive look at the opinions, challenges and successes of the most promising young leaders in drug policy. Hear from policy experts - both current students and alumni - who will share their experience, tips, and insider knowledge about the most recent developments in the field.   

    Follow our social media for recent accomplishments of young people at the Commission of Narcotic Drugs and the unique training opportunities we offer.   

    Instagram: @ssdpintl  
    Twitter: @SSDPIntl  
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SSDPIntl/

    • 58 min
    3. CND 2022 and Youth Forum 2/2

    3. CND 2022 and Youth Forum 2/2

    Tune in for the second part of our first episode where we cover what happened at this year's Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) 2022, featuring Róisín Downes, the Executive Director of SSDP International, and Iulia Vatau, the United Nations Global Fellow. 

    In this episode you will hear about: 
    Ways in which we fight to replace youth tokenism with meaningful participation in the UN drug policymaking How delegations broke many rules of the UN in protest of Russian war on Ukraine Our official statement to the CND, by our very own Iulia Vatau.  Want to support advocacy at the UN? This work is made possible by the generous support of our community of donors, comprising various foundations, businesses and individuals.  Your donation makes a difference! Donate to our fundraising campaign at this link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/donate-for-youth-advocacy-at-the-united-nations. 

    Here is the statement made by Latvian representative that Róisín mentioned in the show: http://cndblog.org/2022/03/item-4-strategic-management-budgetary-and-administrative-questions-continued-2/

    Sensible Drug Policy Show is a podcast created by Students for Sensible Drug Policy International where we share insights from young advocates at the forefront of local, national and international decision-making around drugs. Our network is an active force for reform in more than 30 countries around the world. From high-level meetings and negotiations at the United Nations, to grassroots initiatives, here’s an exclusive look at the opinions, challenges and successes of the most promising young leaders in drug policy. Hear from policy experts - both current students and alumni - who will share their experience, tips, and insider knowledge about the most recent developments in the field.

    Follow our social media for recent accomplishments of young people at the Commission of Narcotic Drugs and the unique training opportunities we offer.

    Instagram: @ssdpintl
    Twitter: @SSDPIntl
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SSDPIntl/ 

    • 36 min
    2. Oldest Hemp Fair in Europe Supports Youth Advocacy

    2. Oldest Hemp Fair in Europe Supports Youth Advocacy

    Tune in to the second episode of our podcast featuring Ben Arn, the organiser of CannaTrade, the International Cannabis Expo, in a discussion on recent developments and opportunities in the business, as well as on the importance of youth voices in the making of cannabis policy. 

    Ben has been the organizer of Cannabis Events in Switzerland since 2006. His projects are the CannaTrade - International Cannabis Expo (b2c and b2b) in Bern, the CB Expo - Cannabis Business Expo (b2b) and the CB Club - Cannabis Business Network event in Zurich. In 2022 he will also organize the Cannabinoid Conference 2022 (12th IACM Conference and 1st SSCm Confernce) in Basel. His passion is organizing events and connection people, and for sure too: The cannabis plant and his enormous potential.

    • 10 min
    1. Youth Advocacy at the United Nations

    1. Youth Advocacy at the United Nations

    Excited to launch our first episode of the Sensible Drug Policy Show, a podcast where young people will share their advocacy experiences in the drug policy space. From engaging with the United Nations to local harm reduction efforts, here’s where you can find the latest news about the work of those shaping decision-making processes today!

    Our first episode features Róisín Downes, the Executive Director of SSDP International, and Iulia Vatau, the United Nations Global Fellow, in an introductory discussion on youth engagement in international drug policy. Follow our social media for recent accomplishments of young people at the Commission of Narcotic Drugs and the unique training opportunities we offer. 

    Sensible Drug Policy Show is a podcast created by Students for Sensible Drug Policy International where we share insights from young advocates at the forefront of local, national and international decision-making around drugs. Our network is an active force for reform in more than 30 countries around the world. From high-level meetings and negotiations at the United Nations, to grassroots initiatives, here’s an exclusive look at the opinions, challenges and successes of the most promising young leaders in drug policy. Hear from policy experts - both current students and alumni - who will share their experience, tips, and insider knowledge about the most recent developments in the field.

    Instagram: @ssdpintl 
    Twitter: @SSDPIntl
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SSDPIntl/

    • 32 min

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