Paraguay presents work methodology for preparing the National Policy on Drugs


Asunción, 23 August 2016 - The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, within the framework of the activities of the Sub-programme III of the National Integrated Programme (PNI) "State of Right, Security and Justice Strengthening in Paraguay, held a meeting  in order to present the selected consultants for the development of the National Drug Policy (PND). As a result of a competitive process, were classified: Lawyer Marcio Battilana, Master of Corruption and State of Law for Supply Reduction component, and Dr. Edgar Giménez, Master of Public Health for the Demand Reduction area.


Attending the meeting were Dr. Cesar Arce, from the National Anti-Drug Secretariat, as the coordinator of PNI; by Sub-program II: Ma. Luisa Giacummo and Myrian Rolón, Ministry of Justice; Ali Hetter Garay and Carlos Talavera, the Supreme Court of Justice; Carolina Ramirez and Karen Leguizamón of the National Anticorruption Department. Under Sub-program III "Drug Demand Reduction and Treatment": Lic. Nancy Del Valle and Diego Fernández of the National Drug Secretariat.

The consultancy is divided into two macro Axes, namely: Supply Reduction and Drug Demand Reduction and is intended as products: (a) The National Policy on Drugs. (b) The National Drug Strategy and (c) Action Plan and Implementation of the the PND.

These products will be developed in a participatory manner with key stakeholders, considering multidimensional aspects of the problem and the need for a comprehensive response based on values and on evidence of best practices, in accordance with the objectives and related national multilateral strategies.

The participation process will take place through three stages: a) interviews and meetings with key stakeholders; b) analysis, consensus and validation intersectoral workshops; and c) socialization of working documents and mechanisms to request or suggest modifications. There will be a mapping of actors from both the government sector and non-governmental.

It will emphasize the values that promote democracy and sustainable development, and respect for human rights and the realization of the right to health with its implications for the state and citizens. The integrity for defining problems and answers will consider political, regulatory, institutional, social and health, with emphasis on addressing social determinants.

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