Identifying Common Ground for UNGASS 2016: Considering Comparative Perspectives on Drug Policy

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  • DATE / TIME:
    2015•09•15    09:00 - 13:00
    New York

    About the Panel

    In the lead up to the 2016 UN General Assembly special session on the world drug problem (UNGASS 2016), Brookings Senior Fellows Vanda Felbab-Brown and Harold Trinkunas, along with several outside policy experts, have developed a series of policy briefs to evaluate the effectiveness and costs of international counter-narcotics policies in different contexts. The series, entitled “Improving Global Drug Policy: Comparative Perspectives and UNGASS 2016“, is unique in its global scope, and analyzes the threats and harms resulting from drug use, the drug trade, and, at times, anti-drug policies themselves. The briefs examine the impacts on national security, violent crime, political corruption, economic development, public health, and human rights. The panelists, comprising authors from the series, will discuss their findings and consider the implications these findings have for UNGASS 2016.



    Dr Vanda Felbab-Brown, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution; co-director of the Brookings project “Improving Global Drug Policy: Comparative Perspectives and UNGASS 2016”

    Mali and Guinea

    Dr Lansana Gberie, Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA)


    Dr Mark Galeotti, Professor of Global Affairs, New York University Center for Global Affairs

    Colorado and Washington, U.S.A.

    Dr Mark Kleiman, Professor of Public Policy, University of California, Los Angeles


    Dr Daniel Mejia, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Director of the Research Center on Drugs and Security, Universidad de los Andes

    UNGASS 2016 in Comparative Perspective: Improving the Prospects for Success

    Dr Harold Trinkunas, Senior Fellow and Director, Foreign Policy, Latin America Initiative, The Brookings Institution; co-director of the Brookings project “Improving Global Drug Policy: Comparative Perspectives and UNGASS 2016”


    Mr John Walsh, Senior Associate for Drug Policy and the Andes, Washington Office on Latin America

    Moderator: Mr James Cockayne, Head of Office at the UN, UN University

    Moderated Q&A will follow.

    Visit the related files tab to see the panel the panel discussion’s agenda.


    This panel discussion offers a unique opportunity for high-level delegates and practitioners to engage in frank discussion of what comparative approaches to drug policy mean for UNGASS 2016. As seating in Conference Room 5 is limited, we encourage you to RSVP by September 8.  Participants needing a UN grounds pass can pick it up upon entry to the event at the UN visitor’s entrance on 45th Street and 1st Avenue starting at 8:30am.

    Please click here or on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.

    This event will also be webcast on UNTV.

  • United Nations Headquarters
    Conference Building, Conference Room 5
    New York, New York 10017


  • Drug Policy Project Manager

    Summer Walker