Hi again Calyxander,
Joint United Nations statement on ending discrimination in health care settings
Joint WHO/UN statement
« We, the signatory United Nations entities, call upon all stakeholders to join us in committing to taking targeted, coordinated, time-bound, multisectoral actions in the following areas.
Reviewing and repealing punitive laws that have been proven to have negative health outcomes and that counter established public health evidence. These include laws that criminalize or otherwise prohibit gender expression, same sex conduct, adultery and other sexual behaviours between consenting adults; adult consensual sex work; drug use or possession of drugs for personal use; sexual and reproductive health care services, including information; and overly broad criminalization of HIV non-disclosure, exposure or transmission. »
Although i still think Trudeau is on the wrong track i must recognize those are powerful words we can read above, Calyxander! Thank you very much for attempting to bring focussed attention on this significative event i wasn't aware of so far.
You were absolutely correct to refer to this "Joint Statement" (which is a major sign of advancement in itself), showing that the UN/WHO finally managed to reach at least some coherent consensus in the public eye with this refreshing statement that leaves little room to further bigot anti-cannabic prohibitionists. To review their previous position on the drug-war only would have felt moot but now they're talking about repealing punitive laws in a health care context.
One can only wish it had been done prior to UNGASS 2016 when Canada's Health Minister Jane Philpott made her historical speech:
...and Justin MiniHarper Trudeau his most ambivalent demonstration afterward...
You were right to see renewed hope as this does constitute a major U-Turn for the United Nations, nonetheless. Which now makes Canada's present orientation even more questionable! Not to mention the totally damaging approach of Québec's health minister Lucie Charlebois:
Notice the lady just couldn't manage to speak about it without displaying a most spectacular nose blushing i've seen in a long while! M'well, for a "responsible" adult with the duties of a minister dealing with "Rehabilitation, Youth Protection, Public Health and Healthy Living" anyway.
It's no wonder now the mari-caca file has been transfered to Martin Coiteux, Minister of Municipal Affairs & Land Occupancy, Public Security and also the Montréal region...
Translation: Québec will NOT allow its citizens to grow their plants themselves, even if self-cultivation is authorized by federal law. In other words this is about law enforcement again, the oposite of a health care approach i believe.
Good day, have fun!!