Bi-regional High-level Conference on Alternatives to Prison
Drugs Demand Reduction
Drugs Supply Reduction
The success achieved by merging two fields (Demand and Supply Reduction) at the 1st Bi-regional meeting for the exchange of best practices, convening authorities and experts from Components 2 and 3 of COPOLAD II, allowed us to consider the possibility to further expand the creation of synergies in the highly demanding field of managing alternative programmes for drug-related offences.
Due to its relative youth, the alternative programmes to prisons have to respond to huge challenges which can only be overcome through the highest political commitment to make significant progress at a policy level, the provision of appropriate resources, the articulation of social and health care responses coordinated with the judicial system and the rigorous evaluation of the initiatives developed so far. In this framework, the 2nd Bi-Regional meeting for the exchange of Best practices is planned in close coordination with other European Union funded regional programmes which are working in the fields of security and social policy: EL PAcCTO and EUROsociAL+.
4th Intra-regional dialogue Forum on Alternative Development
Drugs Supply Reduction
The Forum will provide the participating countries with an overview of the implementation and progress of Alternative Development programs in the CELAC countries, also taking into account how these sort of policies are of growing interest in the region, with a total of 16 participating countries (11 CELAC countries already participating in COPOLAD since 2016: Bahamas, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago - and 5 new interested countries: Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Honduras). The objective of the fourth COPOLAD Intra-Regional Dialogue Forum is to provide opportunities to learn and exchange about recent best practices and innovations of Alternative Development (AD), with special emphasis on gender-based approaches in AD, taking into account the manifold vulnerabilities women are facing.
The Surinamese Presidency of CELAC and the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU to the Coordination and Cooperation Mechanism on drugs together with COPOLAD, announce the 4th COPOLAD II Annual Conference:Interinstitutional coordination: a key factor when designing and implementing drugs policy.