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West Africa Commission on Drugs

Convened by Kofi Annan, the West Africa Commission (WACD) on Drugs comprises a group of distinguished West Africans from the worlds of politics, civil society, health, security and the judiciary. The Commission, chaired by former President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, is an independent body and can therefore speak with impartiality and directness.

With the support of leading experts and the Global Commission on Drug Policy, the WACD delivered comprehensive policy recommendations and an authoritative report in June 2014. This report is the culmination of one and a half years of engagement by the Commission with national, regional and international parties including the African Union (AU), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). It is informed by a series of background papers, drafted by leading experts from Africa and beyond.

To ensure that the Commission’s findings and recommendations are widely discussed and acted on, it members, together with the Kofi Annan Foundation and Global Commission on Drug Policy, engage in a follow-up advocacy campaign with governments, regional and international bodies, civil society and the media.

The WACD’s 2014 report ‘Not Just in Transit’ is available here. Background papers and meeting reports can be accessed here.