Roundtable: How to reconcile drug and development policies?

May 16, 2024 | Events |

GATE Center, in collaboration with the Global Governance Research Centre of the University of Salamanca and the D2Innolab Global Innovation Lab on Drug Policy & Development, organised the roundtable “How to reconcile drug and development policies” on 10 May at the Institute of Technology for Human Development of the Polytechnic University of Madrid. The debate revolved around drugs and drug trafficking, a predominant issue in Latin America for years and which, given recent events such as those that took place in Barbate, Malaga and Murcia, has gained urgent relevance in other parts of the planet, showing the need to jointly address this common challenge without diverting our gaze.

On this occasion, the think tank’s latest working paper entitled “For a change in global drug policy: the necessary developmental approach”, written by Francisco Javier Sagredo Fernández, was presented and served as a framework for discussion. The event provided a unique opportunity to listen to renowned experts such as Daniel Radío, Secretary of the National Drug Board of Uruguay; Constanza Sánchez Avilés, researcher, analyst and lawyer expert in public drug policy; Érika Rodríguez Pinzón, Director of the Carolina Foundation; and the author of the paper himself, Javier Sagredo, Director of D2 INNOLAB and associate researcher at the Centre for Research on Global Governance at the University of Salamanca.

Susanne Gratius, academic coordinator of the GATE Center, moderated the conversation, addressing key issues such as the impact of drug policies on human rights and sustainable development. The effectiveness of Spain’s penal, penitentiary and administrative drug responses and their consequences were also examined, along with other relevant topics.

For those who could not attend, we invite you to consult the recording of the event, available online, to access all the interventions and reflections shared during this significant roundtable.

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