Center of Excellence for Reducing the Supply of Illicit Drugs

CdE participates in the 24th National Drug Policy Week

Brasilia, June 22 of 2022 – International cooperation and the importance of the elaboration and execution of integrated actions were themes that marked the exhibitions of two parallel events promoted within the 24th National Week of Drug Policies, the “IV Intersectoral Seminar on Prevention, Awareness and Fight against Drugs​” and the “II Forum on Integrated Protection of Borders and Borders”.

At the opening of the meeting, the National Secretary for Drug Policies, Paulo Gustavo Maiurino, highlighted the importance of integrating actions and policies. “This year, Brazil will have the 1st National Policy Plan on Drugs, Planad. This unprecedented initiative by the Federal Government integrates a series of good practices and an action plan to combat drug trafficking, in a clear redirection of drug policy in the country. This happens with the inclusion of the population, specialists from different agencies and the federal government, joining forces and a serious debate to face the problem”, said the secretary, who represented the Minister of Justice and Public Security, Anderson Torres at the event.

This Wednesday morning (22), in the panel “Drug Policies in Brazil and International Articulation”, the fundamental role of using data and concrete evidence as a subsidy for the construction of public policies was emphasized. UNODC was represented by Gabriel Andreuccetti, coordinator of the Center of Excellence for Illicit Drug Supply Reduction (CdE).

Andreuccetti highlighted the work of the CdE, which is the result of a partnership between UNODC, the National Secretariat for Policies on Drugs and Asset Management of the Ministry of Justice and Public Security (SENAD/MJSP) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). ).

“The objective of this partnership was to combine with the work of the Brazilian government the scientific framework that UNODC, which is based in Vienna, brings around the world, in several countries, in the production of evidence on drugs. A partnership that begins at the end of 2020 with the main objective of equipping SENAD in the preparation of studies and analyzes on trends and threats posed by different illicit trafficking and transnational organized crime”, detailed the CdE coordinator.

In addition to presenting the main studies of the Center of Excellence, Andreuccetti announced the availability of the first module of the “Introductory Course on Drug Trafficking and Transnational Organized Crime”, an initiative created in partnership with the UNODC's Global eLearning platform.

Online course
Entitled “Introduction to the topic of drug trafficking and transnational organized crime”, this course module covers the following topics: main international agreements to which Brazil is a signatory; Brazilian drug policy legislation; Illicit financial flows and challenges for Brazil in the transnational drug market; data on drug supply in Brazil and at a regional level; New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) and how Rapid Alert Systems operate; how Brazilian authorities respond to cross-border crimes related to drug trafficking; as well as how the assets seized from drug trafficking are managed and used to finance public policies on drugs in Brazil.

This first part of the course will be available for access starting next Friday (24), on the platform UNODC Global e-Learning. The course will have two more modules, which will be released soon, and people who complete it will receive a certificate issued by UNODC.

Tendencies

Na parte da tarde, o CdE participou do painel “Temas emergentes sobre Repressão ao Narcotráfico” com uma apresentação sobre as principais tendências identificadas no mercado de drogas ilícitas decorrentes dos impactos da pandemia da Covid-19. Gabriel Andreuccetti abordou resultados e dados do estudo estratégico “Covid-19 e tráfico de drogas no Brasil: a adaptação do crime organizado e a atuação das forças policiais na pandemia”. A pesquisa foi elaborada pelo CdE e a coleta de dados foi possível por meio da colaboração com diversas instituições de segurança pública no nível federal e estadual.

No caso da cocaína, por exemplo, o espalhamento das rotas de tráfico do Brasil em direção a outros países, a interiorização das rotas quando o olhar se volta aos estados brasileiros, além de novos destinos, foram algumas das tendências identificadas.

“Outro aspecto que chama a atenção é o aumento da apreensão de drogas sintéticas. O tráfico por meios digitais segue em alta, além do uso de criptomoedas, e parece que a pandemia serviu como verdadeiro catalisador dessas dinâmicas”, observou o coordenador do CdE.

Este e outros estudos do CdE podem ser acessados no site do Centro de Excelência: www.cdebrasil.org.br.

On the event
The 24th National Drug Policy Week takes place on June 22 and 23, in the auditorium of the Federal Audit Court (TCU), in Brasília. The joint initiative is from the Ministry of Citizenship, through the National Secretariat for Drug Care and Prevention (SENAPRED), and the Ministry of Justice and Public Security (MJSP), through the National Secretariat for Drug Policies and Asset Management ( SENAD). The National Drug Policy Week was established by Law 13.840, of June 05, 2019. The week was chosen because it alludes to the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, celebrated on June 26.

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