Confirm the legal framework for Harm Reduction

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Interview with Bengt Wiberg, Professor Marewa Glover and Atakan Befrits (sorry for the not optimal sound) from 2018 where we discuss the inevitable breakdown of democratic principles and loss of proportion, when consumers and civil society are expelled from dialogue and their voices get replaced with technocrat experts generating negative feedback loops and circular reasoning fallacies. 

Log entry 06.03.2019
 - Harm reduction is one of the most practiced principles globally for balancing needs/wants against costs/risks. We all do it every day and without thinking, should I cut across traffic to catch the bus or wait for the next one? - Well, that depends on stress and how heavy the traffic and if the street is in Stockholm, Manila or Istanbul. Should I wear a helmet when on my bike? Should I make my kids wear helmets even though I choose not to?
 - Governments do it too, for national security, prosperity, stability, and for the benefit of the citizens.
 - Supranational organisations do it too - for the benefit of global goals and global needs that may or may not supersede national interests.

Now, we all know we make bad choices, more or less often, partly depending on state of mind and the situation. Our governments rightly influence and try to help/nudge/assist us - sometimes even force us - to make better choices. Countries and cultures differ wildly in terms of stances on how, how much, and in what spheres of life - it is acceptable to dictate behaviour. All of the above are considered pretty "normal", "acceptable", "good" and even "necessary" almost universally around the world. This holds generally true for individual-, family-, group-, cultural-, national-, and supranational activity.

What happens when errors or maladministration creeps in to higher levels of activity and negatively affects the smaller groupings that exist below it in the "Administrative and decision making hierarchy" of society? Generally there is recourse to be had through the legal systems - not always good or fair - but there, as a concept at least. Even in most issues of International Law - there are systems in place to address issues and problems.

Harm reduction however, with regards to health and in the most acute and extreme sense, harm reduction opportunities affecting the disadvantaged, disenfranchised, disavowed, dysfunctional or otherwise challenged individuals and groups around the globe - for us the situation is very different.

The aim of this project is to identify specific issues that can be "engaged" and utilised as vehicles to establish, and perhaps even to influence, what the legal ramifications and frameworks are with regards to health and harm reduction. The globally recognised human right, “the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health” (article 12.1 - UN International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights) needs to be constantly and vigilantly monitored and nurtured - if we are truly to work toward achieving the full potentials for sustainable progress that are enshrined in the UN Agenda 2030 Sustainable development goals, without leaving anyone behind.

Leave no one behind!

Log entry 05.03.2019
 - Campaign is up and test donation has been made
 - Checking with network members for support and use of graphic materials/mentions
 - The idea is to update and add to this campaign as we go, with the most recent posts on top.


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    • 300 kr 
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Atakan Befrits 
Stockholm, AB, Sweden
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