The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on drug trafficking in Brazil and its possible consequences were debated this Tuesday and Wednesday (2nd and 3) during an international webinar promoted by the Center of Excellence for Reducing the Supply of Illicit Drugs (CdE) , in partnership with the Special International Advisory Office of the Ministry of Justice and Public Security (ASSINT/MJSP), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the European Union Delegation in Brazil.
Aimed at public security professionals, the event was part of the series “International Dialogues on Justice and Public Security” and had more than 300 entries.
At the opening of the webinar, UNODC's director of operations in Vienna, Miwa Kato, explained the importance of dialogue and efficient execution in the use of shared information. “The identification of difficulties is essential in the construction of public policies. The exchange is essential so that the execution of the prevention of this type of crime has the due effectiveness”, he clarified.
In turn, the ambassador of the European Union in Brazil, Ignacio Ybáñez, recalled the need to discuss the topic and exchange experiences for the insertion of cooperation between the institutions involved in the creation of public policies. “Brazil continues to be a great partner of ours. We believe that initiatives like this are the basis for implementing successful anti-drug responses,” he said.
The executive secretary of the MJSP, Tércio Tokano, highlighted the importance of exchanging information. “The discussion has the fundamental role of encouraging partnerships and cooperation, in addition to contributing, in a mutual way, to the sharing of knowledge on the subject. Our main objective is the protection of society, families and children involved in this type of crime”, he added.
The program for the two-day event was structured around lectures given by representatives of the MJSP (Federal Police, National Secretariat for Public Security, Secretariat for Integrated Operations, Federal Highway Police, Department of Asset Recovery and International Legal Cooperation and National Secretariat for Oversight Policies Drugs) and by experts from UNODC, the FRONTEX agency of the European Union and the Anti-Drug Networks of Portuguese-speaking countries and the Ibero-American Association of Public Prosecutors.
The CoE coordinator, Gabriel Andreuccetti, participated as a panelist in the Drug Trafficking debate during COVID-19 in Brazil: Data and Studies, moderated by Nivio Nascimento, coordinator of the UNODC Brazil Rule of Law Unit. Andreuccetti commented on the study on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the cocaine and other illicit drug market in Brazil, which is being carried out in partnership with the UNODC Research and Trend Analysis Section in Vienna.
Check out the themes of the lectures and panels:
- The CRIMJUST Program of UNODC;
- Global and Regional Trends on the Impact of COVID-19 on Drug Trafficking, including traditional drug trafficking routes;
- Drug Trafficking During COVID-19 in Brazil: Data and Studies;
- Transit Restrictive Measures and Seizures at Borders;
- The Impact of COVID-19 on Drug Trafficking via Darknet;
- Regional and International Cooperation – Innovative Response and Cooperation Actions in relation to COVID-19;
- Socioeconomic Impact of COVID-19 and Drug Policy Challenges.
(With information from MJSP)