UNODC participates in a Seminar on Drugs Public Policy in Guarulhos

Décio Castro Alves / Foto: Márcio Lino

São Paulo, April 10, 2015 - In order to facilitate the dialogue between the intersectoral network of public management with civil society, the Municipal Council of Drug Policy (COMAND) and the Steering Committee of the "Crack é Possível Vencer" Program organized the I Series of Seminars and Debate - Drug Policy and the City: Knowledge and Reflections for Citizens Practices" on 10 April, in Guarulhos, SP.

The Health and Development Programme Assistant of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Roberta Ataídes, attended the roundtable "National and International Guidelines and Harm Reduction." Roberta presented two UNODC documents that guide the positioning of the organization in relation to drug policy regarding prevention and care and assistance to drug addicts from a health perspective. The documents submitted were: From Coercion to Cohesion - Treating drug dependence through health care, not punishment and International Standards on Drug Use Prevention.

Moreover, Decius Castro Alves and Marina Paes, from Networks Project of National Secretariat of Drugs Policy (SENAD), and Helena Fonseca Rodrigues from SENAD were also invited to the roundtable.

The seminar was created due to the need to tackle, in a reasoned and thoughtfully way, the question of drug use, its economic and social history and its contemporary challenges and perspectives, giving rise to critical reflection and promoting practices consistent with the Rule of Law.

The idea is that, from these discussion forums, civil society, public managers and professionals from different departments have the opportunity to build, collectively, creative and bold proposals for supporting the actions of municipal public policies.


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