WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas
2 Dec 2008 |

Informal Drug Policy Dialogues in Latin America

In 2007, the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) and the Transnational Institute (TNI) initiated a series of Informal Drug Policy Dialogues in Latin America. The initiative was modeled on similar dialogues that began in Europe in 2004, organized by TNI and the Andreas G. Papandreou Foundation. The purpose of the dialogues is to have an open-minded exchange of views on current dilemmas in international drug policy and discuss strategies on how contradictions might be resolved; we seek to have an open-minded debate about on-going trends.  Particular attention is given to the review of UN international drug control policies being carried out in 2008 and 2009. The meetings are guided by "Chatham House Rules" to encourage a free exchange of thoughts and confidentiality. Participants include government officials, representatives from the United Nations, Latin American and other international institutions, non-governmental drug policy experts and academics.

The reports on the meetings published to date can be found at: http://www.tni.org/detail_page.phtml?&act_id=17655