In this letter to the Chairperson of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) dated 10 December 2008, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Professor Manfred Nowak, and Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, Mr Anand Grover, 'offer guidance' regarding human rights issues that arose during the UN’s ten-year drug strategy review.
The letter offers comment on a draft of the political declaration on drugs that was then being prepared for discussion at a High Level Meeting on Drugs to be held in Vienna in March 2009. It addresses issues such as harm reduction, extradition, ensuring access to essential medicines and drug dependence treatment. The letter was intended to ensure 'consistency with international commitments and obligations relating to human rights' in a new political declaration'.
Citation: Manfred Nowak & Anand Grover. 'Letter from UN Special Rapporteurs on Health and on Torture to the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs' 2008