Next Friday (18), the Center of Excellence for Illicit Drug Supply Reduction (CdE) will promote a side event to the 65th session of the United Nations Commission on Narcotics and Drugs (CND) in Vienna, Austria. Entitled “Methodological Guidelines for Monitoring Illicit Drug Prices: Lessons learned and institutional challenges”, the event will be held in partnership with the Integrated Monitoring System for Illicit Crops (SIMCI) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) from Colombia.
The debate takes place online, on March 18 (Friday), from 8:15 am to 9:05 am (Brasilia time), with broadcast in Portuguese, English and Spanish. Participation is open to the public, who will be able to follow the event through the CdE YouTube channel, through of this link, on the date and time indicated.
The objective of the event is to show, from a technical perspective, the challenges and lessons resulting from the design and implementation of illicit drug price monitoring in Brazil and Colombia. These experiences can be considered and adapted by other countries that work on strategies for the generation of data oriented to decision-making associated with the production, trafficking and consumption of illicit drugs.
Representatives of the National Secretariat for Drug Policies and Asset Management of the Ministry of Justice and Public Security (SENAD/MJSP) of Brazil and the National Police of Colombia will participate in the event to contribute to the experiences of both countries.
One of the main challenges faced by authorities and public policy managers in the fight against illicit drug trafficking and related activities is the development of strategies that can impact illicit drug markets in their territories, as these are increasingly globalized and heterogeneous. , diverse and adaptable. And, one of the strategies proposed to broaden the understanding of illicit drug markets corresponds to the monitoring of drug prices.
A pricing system aims to determine key indicators such as the efficiency or impact of actions and strategies implemented by governments to deal with illicit drugs and related activities. Therefore, monitoring the prices of illicit drugs would provide subsidies for public managers, analysts and researchers to assess the incidence and impact of efforts made in different government programs to tackle the problem. Likewise, it would contribute to a comprehensive analysis of the impact generated by the activities and presence of illicit actors (criminal organizations, drug traffickers, illegal armed groups).
About the COE
O CdE pilot project is the result of an innovative partnership between SENAD/MJSP, UNODC and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Brazil. The CdE's proposal is to contribute with qualified information on the supply of drugs in the country through the sharing of scientific evidence on illicit markets.
The UN Economic and Social Council established the Commission on Narcotics and Drugs (CND) in 1946 as the central body of the United Nations for drug-related policy. The Commission allows Member States to analyze the world drug situation, follow up on the decisions of the 22nd Special Session of the General Assembly on drug-related issues, and take action at the global level within its scope of action. The Commission also monitors the implementation of the three international drug control conventions and is empowered to act in all areas related to the objectives of the conventions, including the inclusion of substances on the international control lists.
Event “Methodological Guidelines for Monitoring Illicit Drug Prices: Lessons learned and institutional challenges”
Select the Date: March 18th, 2022
Open Hours: 8:15 am to 9:05 am (Brasilia time)
Access via the CdE YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/NLDtZKIEkBc