Drug Policy and Sustainable Development: What Can We Learn from Narco-Deforestation?

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  • DATE / TIME:
    2014•03•27    13:15 - 14:45
    New York

    In 2011, the rate at which narcotraffickers were clearing rainforest to make landing strips in the Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve led UNESCO to declare it “world heritage in danger”. In a recent report published in the leading journal Science, Dr. Kendra McSweeney (Ohio State University) and Dr. David Wrathall (UNU-EHS) explore the connection between narcotrafficking and deforestation, and find that drug control policies in Central America may be contributing to deforestation and biodiversity loss.

    This lunchtime policy forum will examine this case and consider what it tells us about this link between drug control policy and sustainable development — and whether there may be others.

    Moderator: Mr. James Cockayne

    Head of UNU Office at the United Nations,

    Author of the recent article on the ‘Crime Trap’ in sustainable development


    Dr. Kendra McSweeney, Ohio State University

    Dr. David Wrathall, UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)


    Representative of the UN Development Programme

    Advance registration (by 25 March) is required. Please note, however, that space is limited for this policy event, and we may not be able to accommodate everyone who wishes to attend.

    Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page. You will be notified in due course whether your registration has been approved. Approved participants needing UN Grounds Passes can pick them up upon entry at the UN visitors’ entrance on 47th Street and 1st Avenue starting from 12:30 PM.

    Any questions or comments on this event should be sent to Leni Kinzli at the UNU Office in New York (kinzli@unu.edu).


    United Nations Headquarters, New York
    North Lawn Building, Conference Room 7
    (entrance on 47th Street and 1st Avenue)