Center of Excellence for Reducing the Supply of Illicit Drugs

CdE and MJSP launch course on drug trafficking and transnational organized crime

The free online course, which assists in the development of research in the area of ​​public security, will have a special launch for journalists


Brasília, November 14, 2022 – Access to reliable information and up-to-date data from national and international analyzes is essential to support research work. With the aim of contributing in this context, specifically compiling information on the research landscape on the subject of drug trafficking, the Center of Excellence for Reducing the Supply of Illicit Drugs (CdE) launches, on 22/11, the “Introductory Course on Drug Trafficking and Transnational Organized Crime”. The CoE is the result of a partnership between the National Secretariat for Drug Policy and Asset Management of the Ministry of Justice and Public Security (Senad/MJSP), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Divided into three modules, lasting approximately 2 hours, the course presents basic concepts on drug trafficking and transnational organized crime, data and information on the illicit drug market, as well as trends in the illicit drug market, including , of the impacts of the covid-19 pandemic on this dynamic. All content will be available on UNODC's online platform, the Global eLearning, and those who attend will receive a certificate of completion.

The course will be launched at an online event especially aimed at journalists, on 22/11, at 10 am, via the Teams platform. Entries can be made  HERE. Soon after the launch, enrollment for the course itself will be open.

themes and topics

Module 1, “Introduction to the topic of drug trafficking and transnational organized crime”, addresses the main international agreements to which Brazil is a signatory; Brazilian drug policy legislation; Illicit financial flows and Brazil's challenges in the transnational drug market; data on drug supply in Brazil and at the regional level; New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) and how Early Warning Systems operate; how Brazilian authorities respond to cross-border crimes related to drug trafficking; as well as how assets seized from drug trafficking are managed and used to finance public drug policies in Brazil.

The indicator that aims to reduce illicit financial flows within the scope of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN 2030 Agenda is also mentioned in the course. It is worth remembering that within SDG 16 (Peace, Justice and Effective Institutions), there is target 16.4, which foresees, by 2030, significantly reducing financial flows and illegal weapons, reinforcing the recovery and return of stolen resources and combating all forms of of organized crime.

In Module 2 of the course, the focus is on the production and analysis of data and statistics on the illicit drug market by institutions worldwide. From a global perspective, the participant will be able to identify the scenario of trends that surrounds Brazil, knowing which sources he can look for reliable information on the subject. One of the most comprehensive references on drugs in the world is the World Drug Report produced by UNODC. In the 2022 edition, the document presented an overview of the supply and demand of opioids, cocaine, cannabis, New Psychoactive Substances (NPS), as well as the impact of trafficking on the environment.

This module also deals with Cocaine Insights, series produced by UNODC and Europe. The fourth edition of the report, developed by the UNODC Research and Trend Analysis Department (Vienna) in partnership with the CoE, focused on analyzing data from Brazil and countries involved in cocaine trafficking in the transatlantic region.

CdE in Brazil

The CdE's work in Brazil is also detailed in Module 2. With the proposal to contribute with qualified information on the supply of illicit drugs in the country, through the sharing of scientific evidence on illicit markets, the Center relies on the expertise of the headquarters of UNODC in Vienna and offices in several countries to strengthen the statistical and analytical capacities of public security and outline international cooperation strategies within the theme.

The course also presents and offers access to important materials already produced by the CdE, such as the thematic bulletins entitled “Drug Trafficking Asset Management – ​​Decapitalization of organized crime to strengthen public policies in Brazil” and “Monitoring of Illicit Drug Prices: Lessons Learned in Colombia and Possible Challenges in Brazil”; and the strategic study “Covid-19 and drug trafficking in Brazil: the adaptation of organized crime and the role of police forces in the pandemic”.


How did organized crime adapt to the Covid-19 pandemic in Brazil? What are the main illegal substances detected in Brazil? What are the differences between actors in the illicit drug market and what factors influence the variation in drug prices? These are some of the issues addressed in Module 3 of the course.


Launch of the introductory course on drug trafficking and transnational organized crime

Order date: 22/11/2022

Open Hours: 10 h

Live streaming through the Teams platform. To register for the event and secure your spot, visit HERE.


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