CdE holds international seminar on the effects of covid-19 on drug trafficking

CoE holds international seminar on the effects of covid-19 pandemic on drug trafficking

The Centre of Excellence for Illicit Drugs Supply Reduction (CoE Brazil) will hold, on December 7th and 8th, the International Seminar on Illicit Drugs Supply Reduction. With national and international guests, the event will promote debate about the effects of the covid-19 pandemic on the illicit drug market in Brazil and worldwide.

For two days, topics such as the adaptation of organized crime and the role of police forces in the pandemic will be presented, based on the strategic study “Covid-19 and drug trafficking in Brazil”, developed by the CoE in partnership with the Research and Analysis Branch of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna (RAB/UNODC) and with the Secretariat for Integrated Operations of the Ministry of Justice and Public Security (SEOPI/MJSP). In addition, trends and consequences of the pandemic in drug trafficking will be discussed, as well as the threats of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) in Brazil and in the world.

The seminar, which will take place in a hybrid format at the MJSP in Brasilia and will be broadcast online, will feature speakers such as the director of the Joint Research Center on Transnational Crime in Italy (Transcrime), Ernesto Savona; the head of the Action on New Drugs Sector of the European Monitoring Centre for
Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), Ana Gallegos; the executive director of the Center for Forensic Science Research & Education, Barry Logan; and the head of the UNODC Scientific and Laboratory Section in Vienna, Justice Tettey.

About the COE

The CoE pilot project is the result of an innovative partnership between the National Secretariat for Drug Policy and Asset Management of the Ministry of Justice and Public Security (SENAD/MJSP), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The proposal of the CoE is to contribute with qualified information about the supply of drugs in the country through the sharing of scientific evidence on the illicit markets.

Thematic sessions

The event will be divided into three thematic sessions:

  • Opening session Effects of the pandemic on the illicit drug market in Brazil — the CoE will present the strategic study “Covid-19 and drug trafficking in Brazil: the resilience of organized crime and the role of police forces in the pandemic”, which shows the changes in the pattern of drug trafficking in Paraná, São Paulo and Mato Grosso do Sul during the pandemic. The study was developed in partnership with the RAB/UNODC and the SEOPI/MJSP. After the presentation of the CoE, researchers from the RAB/UNODC will talk about the global aspects of the impact of the covid-19 pandemic on drug trafficking, while representatives of the MJSP will present an institutional view of the study, involving the possible effects of the implementation of the VIGIA program on border areas.
  • Second session Illicit drug trafficking and transnational organized crime: trends and developments in the covid-19 pandemic — will present aspects that were addressed in the study developed by the CoE and that can be expanded in research from other countries, aligning the main trends and developments regarding the fight against illicit drug trafficking and organized crime during the covid-19 pandemic. Topics such as the resilience of criminal organizations during the pandemic, illicit financial flows and the undercapitalization of criminal organizations will be addressed.
  • Third session Trends and threats of New Psychoactive Substances in Brazil and in the world — strategies and challenges: it will bring together experiences, research and data analysis on Early Warning Systems (EWS) and the threats of New Psychoactive Substances, with the objective of building new knowledge networks on the subject. Issues such as an overview of the impact of the covid-19 pandemic on the issue of synthetic drugs and NPS, the role of EWS in the pandemic scenario and preventive action to stabilize the growth of NPS will be addressed, with lessons learned from countries where the model monitoring has already been adopted.

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