Program

6th Latin American and 1st Caribbean Conference on Drug Policy

5th and 6th of October, 2016

Hotel Crowne Plaza, Santo Domingo, República Dominicana

Wednesday, October 5th

 8.00 to 9.00am. – REGISTRATION

 9.00 to 10.30 am. – OPENING CEREMONY

10.30 a 11.00 hs. TRIBUTE:MILTON ROMANI

Milton Romani served as Secretary General of the National Drug Board of Uruguay and was Permanent Representative of Uruguay to the Organization of American States. One of the promoters that from the government level, has helped to address drug policy from a human rights perspective and one of the promoters of policies regulating cannabis in his country.

Moderator: Graciela Touzé (Argentina). President of Intercambios Civil Association – CONFEDROGAS

11.00 to 11.30pm. – BREAK

11.30 a 13:00 hs. PANEL: DRUG POLICY AND THE RIGHT TO JUSTICE

Socioeconomic inequality in Latin America is expressed in the lack of access to goods and services but also in relation to the access and the ability to navigate the judicial system. The punitive responses towards drug crimes continue to be a decisive factor in the tremendous growth of the incarcerated population, which has been couple with inhumane conditions for those detained. Faced with this reality, it is important to evaluate the impact that drug policy has had in this area and discuss possible alternative solutions, principally oriented with the idea of social inclusion for those people linked to drug crimes.

Comments byAlejandro Corda (Argentina). Researcher at Intercambios Civil Association. Member of the Drugs and Law Collective Study (CEDD)

Moderator: Coletta Youngers (United States). Researcher at the Washington Office for Latin America (WOLA) – CONFEDROGAS

13.00 to 14.30pm. – BREAK

14.30 a 16.00 hs. PANEL: ADVANCES TOWARDS THE REGULATION OF CANNABIS

In spite of the prejudices and legal obstacles that persistent in relation to a legal market for cannabis, it is undeniable that emerging is strong movement towards the regulation of such a market. On this premise we look for a way to construct tools and debate the pros and cons that are presented by the regulation of such a market. Including the usage of medical and traditional uses of cannabis, the right to grow, social grow clubs, the situation of farmers and the of responses of governments to this reality.

  • Milton Romani (Uruguay). Former General Secretary for the National Union on Drugs in Uruguay. Permanent Representative of the American States Organization
  • Vicki Hanson (Jamaica). Committee Member of Ganja (Future) Growers & Producers Association
  • Rose-Marie Belle Antoine (Trinidad and Tobago/Saint Lucia). President of the CARICOM Decriminalization of Marijuana Committee
  • Donald MacPherson (Canada).  Director Canadian Drug Policy Coalition Former Vancouver´s Drug Policy Coordinator

Comments by: Jorge Hernández Tinajero (México). Member of the Latin-American Coalition of Cannabis Activists

Moderator: Pien Metaal (Netherlands). Coordinator of the proyect for Latin American Program on Drugs and Democracy at the Transnational Institute (TNI) – CONFEDROGAS

16.00 to 16.30pm. – BREAK  Best Practices Fair – Salón Las Américas A

16.30 a 18.00 hs. ROUND TABLE: UNGASS… AND NOW WHAT?

The process of getting to UNGASS 2016 reflects small but important progress: the utilization of language with considerations for human rights, discussions on proportional time for criminal offenses, highlighting of gender perspectives, access to controlled substances and the incorporation into the debate of other UN agencies. It was also apparent that the lack of a consensus on these matters is reflected in the prevalent thoughts that have lead to broken systems throughout the world and the important role that civil organizations play in order to change the current paradigm. It goes without saying, but in the international effort to control drugs, no significant reform has been produced. What challenges are presented to us with this scenario? Is the absence of a consensus a point of division to reach a new consensus? What alliances could be formed as we move towards the reunion in 2019?

  • Claudia Salcedo Vásquez (Colombia). Department of International Affairs of the Office of Drug Policy, Ministry of Justice
  • Diederik Lohman (Netherlands). Associate Director of Health and Human Rights at Human Rights Watch
  • Yaw Akrasi- Sarpong  (Republic of Ghana). Executive Secretary of the Narcotics Control Board in Ghana.
  • Kathy-Ann Brown (Jamaica). Deputy Solicitor General and Director of International Affairs, Attorney General’s Chambers, Jamaica
  • Lisa Sánchez (Mexico). Latin American Program for the Reform of Drug Policy at Mexico United against Delinquency

Moderator: Ernesto Cortés (Costa Rica). Director of the Costa Rican Association for the Study and Drug Intervention (ACEID) – CONFEDROGAS

18 a 19.30 hs. Best Practices Fair – Salón Las Américas A

Thrusday, October 6th

 

9.00 a 10.30 hs. PANEL: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS AND HUMAN RIGHTS BASED DRUG POLICY 

In the final document adopted by UNGASS 2016, it was established that “efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and to effectively address the world drug problem are complementary and mutually reinforcing.” However, the forced prohibition, along with other measures, in the context of global drug policy, contributes to poverty, conflict and population displacement. In this sense, if governing bodies have agreed to the principles of the Sustainable Development Goals and assume international obligations of human rights. Shouldn’t drug policy that each governing body develops within their territory adhere to these these propositions?

  • Amapola Duran Salas (Perú). National Confederation of Agricultural Producers of the coca-growing regions of Peru (CONPACCP)
  • Roberts Husbands (Canadá). Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Natasha Horsfield (United Kingdom). Advocacy officer and Director for the reform on drug policies proyect at Health Poverty Action
  • Herney Ruiz (Colombia). Peasant producer of coca leaf and other food in the village of Lerma, department of Cauca.  Colombian Macizo Integration Committee (CIMA)

 

Comments by: Javier Sagredo (Spain). Regional Democratic Governance and Citizen Security Advisor at the United Nations Development Programme

Moderator: Rafael Pérez Torruela (Puerto Rico). Director of Intercambios Puerto Rico

 

10.30 a 11.00 hs. BREAK  Best Practices Fair – Salón Las Américas A

11.00 a 12.30 hs. PANEL: PUBLIC HEALTH AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF HARM REDUCTION STRATEGIES IN LATIN AMERICA

Faced with constant social, cultural and political changes, it appears necessary to begin the debate with respect to the principles of Harm Reduction in Drug Policy. How we begin to take the ideals of harm reduction and create policy in the current reality of Latin America and the Caribbean? What experiences can find and learn from in region?

  • Luciana Temer (Brazil) Secretary of Social Welfare and Development in Sao Paulo
  • Nuria Calzada (Spain). Coordinator of the Energy Control Programme, a risk reduction project of the NGO Welfare and Development Association (ABD)
  • Bibiana Restrepo Lizcano (Colombia). Management of social life and mental health of the Ministry of Health and Social Security of the Municipality of Pereira
  • Lidiane Malanquini (Brazil). Redes da Maré Coordinator and Researcher with Public Security and Territorial Development axis
  • Juan Radhamés de la Rosa Hidalgo (Dominican Republic). Executive Director of Casa Abierta

Comments by: Marcus Day (Saint Lucia). Coordinator of the Caribbean Harm Reduction Coalition (CHRC)

Moderator: Vanessa Uziely (Dominican Republic). Operations Manager at the Center for Integral Orientation and Investigation (COIN) – CONFEDROGAS

12.30 a 13.00 hs. CEREMONIA DE ENTREGA DEL PREMIO LATINOAMERICANO DE PERIODISMO SOBRE DROGAS

Moderators: Adrián Pietryszyn (Argentina), Head of press and communications Intercambios Civil Association, Diego García Devis (Colombia)  Head of Global Drug Policy Program, Open Society Foundations and Luciana Mermet, Deputy Resident Representative Nations Program for Development Unit.

13.00 a 14.30 hs. BREAK  Best Practices Fair – Salón Las Américas A

14.30 a 16.00 hs. ROUND TABLE: DRUGS AND VIOLENCE: ARE THERE OTHER ANSWERS

The classic paradigm of “the war on drugs” has resulted in various countries in the region facing extraordinary levels of violence. The increase in systemic inequality and the exclusion of certain groups are but some of the factors that have fueled this phenomenon. What strategies could be developed to minimize the current levels of violence? How do we create cooperation between countries throughout the Southern Hemisphere and deal with issues common to both Latin America and Africa?

  • Rafael Silva West (Brazil). EX – General Manager of Drug Policy and Chairman of the State Council for Drug Policy at Prenambuco (CEPAD/PE)
  • Maria-Goretti Ane (Ghana).  Member of the West Africa Drug Policy Network
  • Oscar Giovanni Zepeda (El Salvador). Founder of the Pastoral Initiative for Life and Peace, founder of the Evangelical Churches United for Peace organization
  • Andrés Antillano (Venezuela). Researcher at the Institute of Crime Science of the Central University of Venezuela
  • Lilian Bobea (Dominican Republic). expert on security and defense issues

Moderator: Julián Quintero (Colombia). Director of Corporation Technical Social Action (ATS) – CONFEDROGAS

16.30 a 18.00 hs. CLOSING CEREMONY 

  • National and Conference authorities
  • Statement by Interamerican Asociation of Public Defense (AIDEF)
  • Statement by Continental Meeting of Latin American and Caribbean Cannabis Activists
  • Statement by Latin American and Caribbean Network of People who Use Drugs (LANPUD)
  • Statement by Latin American Young People
  • Statement by Poppy, Coke and Cannabis Growers