Video | ‘Drug policies and development – A Presentation for Southeast Asia’, 4 Nov. 2020

The first online presentation of the International Development Policy journal’s issue « Drug Policies and Development: Conflict and Coexistence » took place on November 4, 2020, co-organized with the Global Commission on Drug Policy (GCDP) and the Center of Excellence for Research in AIDS (CERiA) under the Faculty of Medicine at University of Malaya.
International drug control mechanisms are focused on the elimination of drug production, use, and trafficking, through the operationalisation of repressive public policies criminalising these substances and their non-medical use. The implementation of these policies has had a detrimental impact on other global development objectives.
 
As debates on the introduction of more proportionate responses to drug use are seriously considered in Malaysia; extrajudicial killings still ongoing in the Philippines; and reforms on medical cannabis in Thailand taking place; Southeast Asia is experiencing a variety of approaches to control drugs. This event hosted an evidence-based discussion on the interactions between drug control and development, link them to the regional debates, and provide scientific findings on the history of drug eradication; on inclusive policies; and on the diverse impacts of drug policies in armed conflict situations.
 
The Keynote Speaker of the event was Prof. Dr. Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Director of the CERiA. Mr. Ahsan Ahmad, Research Associate at the Yale School of Medicine and a visiting Research Associate at CERiA, moderated the event. Speakers included Dr. Khalid Tinasti, Director of the GCDP; Ms. Ann Fordham, Executive Director of the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC); Dr. John Collins, Executive Director of the London School of Economics’s (LSE)’s International Drug Policy Unit (IDPU); and Ms. Tuesday Reitano, Deputy Director of the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime, Switzerland.

Read their articles in open access: https://journals.openedition.org/poldev/3408
Programme
Keynote Speaker:
  • Prof. Dr. Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Director of the Centre of Excellence for Research in AIDS (CERiA) at the University of Malaya, Malaysia
Moderator:
  • Mr. Ahsan Ahmad, Research Associate at the Yale School of Medicine and a visiting Research Associate at CERiA
Speakers: 
  • Dr. Khalid Tinasti, Director of the Global Commission on Drug Policy (GCDP), Switzerland
  • Ms. Ann Fordham, Executive Director of the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC), UK
  • Dr. John Collins,  Executive Director of the London School of Economics’s (LSE)’s International Drug Policy Unit (IDPU), UK
  • Ms. Tuesday Reitano, Deputy Director of the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime, Switzerland
International Development Policy is a scholarly, open-access journal based at The Graduate Institute, Geneva.
The Global Commission on Drug Policy, created in 2011 and based in Geneva, Switzerland, aims to bring to the international level an informed, science-based discussion about humane and effective ways to reduce the harm caused by drugs to people and societies.
Founded by Prof. Dr. Adeeba Kamarulzaman in 2007, the Center of Excellence for Research in AIDS (CERiA) under the Faculty of Medicine at University of Malaya, is one of the leading HIV and infectious diseases research centers of Malaysia, bringing together a broad range of leading professionals from 20 different disciplines at the local and international level.

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