UNODC and CoE participate in a Seminar during the 23rd National Week on Drug Policy

Brasilia, June 29, 2021 - The III Intersectorial Seminar on Prevention, Awareness and Fight Against Drugs ended last Friday (25th) with a discussion around four panels: the importance of the cooperation of international organizations and local entities in the actions against drugs in Brazil, the decapitalization of organized crime as a way to strengthen the apprehension policies, fundamentals on drug trafficking repression and the relation between young people and drugs in traffic.

The representative of the UNODC Office in Brazil, Elena Abbati presented the World Drug Report 2021, with some of the main data and global trends on production, trafficking, and consumption of drugs around the world, with details of the opiates and cannabis market, as well as cocaine and stimulants like amphetamines market. According to the study, drug use was related to the deaths of nearly half a million people in 2019. "UNODC remains available to work with its Member States to combat the threats posed by drugs, especially in the post-Covid world, leaving no one behind."

The Representative of the Organization of American States (OAS), the Head of the Demand Reduction Unit of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD), Jimena Kalawsk, presented the Hemispheric Plan of Action on Drugs 2021-2025. Aligned with the principles of the New Brazilian Drug Policy of 2019, the plan aims to strenghten, over the next four years, integrated policies for demand reduction, with a focus on public health, with actions supported by scientific evidence and the establishment of a universal and integrated prevention programme.


The researcher and coordinator of the National Survey on Alcohol and Drugs (LENAD) from the National Institute of Science and Technology for Public Policy on Alcohol and Other Drugs (INPAD), Clarice Madruga, emphasized that to ground and guide the drug policy in Brazil, especially in the policy of regulation and prevention of drug use, it is essential that the cooperation between national and international entities is strengthened.

Participating in the panel on strategies for seized assets in the context of trafficking and the illicit market were the director of Public Policy and Institutional Articulation of the National Secretariat for Drug Policy (SENAD), Gustavo Camilo Baptista, the coordinator of the Center of Excellence for the Reduction of Illicit Drug Supply, Gabriel Andreuccetti, and the director of Asset Management at Senad, Giovanni Magliano Junior.

Camilo highlighted the convergence of SENAD actions with the Federal Police and other police forces regarding the change of strategies in drug seizure and disarticulation of trafficking. "We have been working in harmony in this change of paradigms, which, I believe, reflects the joint maturity of thought of the different agencies for this new strategy, which is the decapitalization of criminal organizations. If the institutions get closer and closer to each other and align this strategy, it is plausible that in the next few years we will bear new fruits, both in terms of maintaining this virtuous cycle and in asset and fund management."

Also participating in the panel were Cláudio Monteiro, the CoE Expert in Asset Management and Financial Intelligence, and Luiz Melo, a representative of the General Police Coordination for Repression of Drugs, Arms and Criminal Factions of the Federal Police.


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