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Drug Policies and Development: Conflict and Coexistence

Tuesday 01 December 2020, 18:00 – 19:00 CET
14:00 – 15:00 GMT-3 (Brazil)
Online Event
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International drug control mechanisms are focused on the elimination of drug production, use and trafficking, through the operationalization of repressive public policies criminalizing these substances and their non-medical use. The implementation of these policies has had a detrimental impact on other global development objectives.

Brazil has experienced violent confrontations between criminal organizations trafficking drugs and law enforcement, with major unintended negative consequences on development objectives: increased HIV transmission; over-incarceration and a large and powerful violent illegal market. Brazil also introduced major innovations in drug control, such as the Braços Abertos Program in Sao Paulo focused on a harm reduction approach. Furthermore, the National Health Agency recently regulated the medicinal cannabis market, although in a very restricted manner.

The debate in Brazil is currently focused on the litigation concerning the decriminalization of drug use at the Supreme Court, and with the ongoing Congress debate of a broader regulation on industrial and medicinal cannabis. To bring in new perspectives to this discussion, the Transnational Security Studies Center of PUC-SP and International Development Policy will host an event to present the findings of the Special Issue “Drug Policy and Development: Conflict and Coexistence” and open a discussion with national experts on the future of drug policy in Brazil.

Welcome remarks:
  • Prof. Dr. Paulo J. R. Pereira, Coordinator of the Transnational Security Studies Center at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP), Brazil
  • Prof. Dr. Cláudia A. Marconi, Coordinator of the Professional Master in Global Governance at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP), Brazil
  • Dr. Khalid Tinasti, Director of the Global Commission on Drug Policy (GCDP) and Research and Teaching Fellow at the Global Studies Institute at the University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Dr. Andrea Galassi, Coordinator of the Reference Center on Drugs and Associated Vulnerabilities at the University of Brasilia (UNB), Brazil
  • Dr. Luiz Guilherme Paiva, researcher at the Center for the analysis of Liberty and Authoritarianism (LAUT), Brazil
  • Prof. Joanne Csete, Associate Professor of Population and Family Health at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York, USA

International Development Policy, a scholarly, open-access journal published by The Graduate Institute, Geneva, dedicated to development, international cooperation, and sustainability issues.

The Global Commission on Drug Policy, created in 2011 and based in Geneva, Switzerland, which aims to bring to the international level an informed, science-based discussion about humane and effective ways to reduce the harm caused by drug policies to people and societies.

Transnational Security Studies Center, a research center on drug policies and security governance at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil.

Professional Master in Global Governance, a postgraduate programme at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP), Brazil.

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