he Global Partnership on Drug Policies and Development (GPDPD) operates under the political patronage of the German Federal Government’s Drug Commissioner, Marlene Mortler, who has also assumed chairmanship of the political steering committee.
As patron, the Drug Commissioner coordinates the programme with its principal, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). A procedural agreement has been reached to regulate cooperation between the two institutions, representing a first in the German Federal Government's drug policy.
The Drug Commissioner works on the international level to promote a balanced drug policy. This builds on the four pillars of the German Federal Government's drug policy: prevention of drug use, counselling and treatment of drug addicts, harm reduction and criminal-law measures. [...]
1st Brandenburg Forum on Drugs and Development Policies
The project Global Partnership on Drug Policies and Development (GPDPD) of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), commissioned by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, hosted the first 'Brandenburg Forum on Drugs and Development Policies' in Lübbenau from 11 to 13 July 2016.
The project is implemented under the patronage of the Drug Commissioner of the Federal Government.
The conference served as a© GIZ follow-up on the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS 2016), which had been held in New York in April.
The Brandenburg Forum was hosted by the GIZ on behalf of the BMZ in conjunction with the Drug Commissioner of the Federal Government, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as the NGOs Transnational Institute (Amsterdam) and International Drug Policy Consortium (London) as implementation partners of the GPDPD.
An international and interdisciplinary field of participants comprising representatives of governments and civil society, delegates from international organisations and research experts of about 25 countries gathered in Lübbenau to discuss the implications for future international narcotic drugs policy induced by the decisions made in the context of UNGASS 2016.
In addition, the conference focussed on the questions of how to structure the discourse on international narcotic drugs policy of upcoming years along the lines of an increased orientation towards development and health as well as which topics should receive particular attention in doing so. The priorities of the debate were the close connections between narcotic drugs and development policies (in particular with regard to the Sustainable Development Goals drafted by the United Nations, the SDGs), approaches of public health in handling of narcotic drug use (keyword harm reduction), human rights as a key approach in conceptualising and drafting narcotic drugs policy interventions as well as the necessity of an improved coordination between the competent UN bodies.
The forum intensively discussed the approach until 2019 when the international community will review the United Nations Plan of Action on International Cooperation towards an Integrated and Balanced Strategy to Counter the World Drug Problem of 2009. The dialogue shall be continued until the turning point in 2019 to identify and consolidate common positions between interested governments as well as international and civil society organisations.