National Drugs Observatories

2nd Annual Meeting of NDO

National Drugs Observatories

2nd Annual Meeting of NDO

COPOLAD meets countries’ demand from Latin America and the Caribbean to visit the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) which is reference agency of the EU. Spain leads this yearly initiative that on this occasion convenes in Lisbon more than 80 experts with the objective to keep promoting development and cooperation among the National Drug Observatories of the CELAC region. Portugal successful example serves as a reference for best practices in the region and will be presented to the visiting countries.

Operative Dimension

C1 - National Drugs Observatories
Execution Level
Activity Types

The 2nd COPOLAD II Annual Meeting of National Drugs Observatories was attended by the National Drug Observatories from 32 countries of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and the EU countries, acting as referents in this Component. The meeting had the input and support of both, the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) and the Inter-American Observatory on Drugs (OID-CICAD), among other institutions working in this field.

The objectives of this year’s meeting were:

  1. to provide and in-depth view on the EMCDDA role and activities, as well as the work performed by the General Directorate for Intervention on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies (SICAD), as an example on how organizes its activities a EU country in this field;

  2. to widen the previous training provided regarding the Trendspotting methodology as a method to complement other ways of collecting information; and

  3. continue developing the tasks foreseen for the ongoing working groups in Component 1, especially those focused in Early Warning Systems and National Drugs Report.


Associated operational objectives

1.1 - Study and assess changes from C1 on the existing needs, to define specific final contents of foreseen activities under Component 1; adjusting them to different groups of countries, in order to establish and/or reinforce the role of National Drugs Observatories in CELAC countries


Twelve key note presentations were covering the first objective of the meeting. Ten CELAC countries presented their background situation, providing the basis for developing the Trendspotting exercise. And finally, the COPOLAD’s working groups 1.3 and 1.5, provided participating countries with tools and the roadmap to progress in the implementation of Early Warning Systems and National Reports of Drugs; these two groups were supported by key documents prepared to facilitate a South-South cooperation approach between countries, having the input of five EU countries participating as referents.


2nd Annual meeting is held to enhance internal and external coordination among relevant actors as well as other actions included in the component.


EMCDDA - European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction Supranational


SICAD - General-Directorate for Intervention on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies Portugal


Participating Institutions

ONDCP - Office of Natinal Drug and Money Laundering control Policy Antigua & Barbuda
SEDRONAR - Secretariat of Comprehensive Policies on Drugs of the Argentine Nation Argentina
NADS - National Anti-Drug Secretariat Bahamas
NCSA - National Council on Substance Abuse Barbados
NDACC - National Drug Abuse Control Council Belize
CONALTID - National Council for the Fight against illicit Drug Trafficking Bolivia
SENAD - National Secretariat for Policies on Drugs Brazil
SENDA - National Service for the Prevention and Rehabilitation of Drug and Alcohol Consumption Chile
Policy division of drug Enforcement Colombia
ICD - Costa Rican Drug Institute Costa Rica
Ministry of Justice Cuba
NDAPU - National Drug Abuse Prevention Unit Dominica
SETED - Technical Secretariat for Comprehensive Prevention on Drugs Ecuador
CNA - National Anti-Drug Commission El Salvador
DGPNSD - Government Delegation for the National Plan on Drugs Spain
NCODC - National Council of Drug Control Grenada
SECCATID - Executive Secretariat for the Commission Against Addictions and Illicit Drug Trafficking Guatemala
GYDIN - Guyana Drug Information Network Guyana
CONALD - Commission Nationale de Lutte contre la Drogue Haiti
DNII - National Directorate for State Research and Intelligence Honduras
NCDA - National Council on Drug Abuse Jamaica
CONADIC - National Commission against Addictions Mexico
National Police Nicaragua
Expert Other
CONAPRED - National Commission for the Study and Prevention of Drug-related Crimes Panama
SENAD - National Anti-Drugs Secretariat Paraguay
COPOLAD - Cooperation Programme between Latin America, the Caribbean and the European Union on Drugs Policies Parte Contratante
FIIAPP - International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies Parte Contratante
DEVIDA - National Commission for Development and Life Without Drugs Peru
NBDP - National Bureau for Drug Prevention Poland
SICAD - General-Directorate for Intervention on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies Portugal
VLADA - Secretariat of the Council of the Government for Drug Policy. Office of the Government Czech Republic
CND - National Drug Council Dominican Republic
AAN - National Anti-drug Agency Romania
NCDAP - National Council on Drug Abuse Prevention Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
SAACS - Substance Abuse Advisory Council Secretariat Saint Lucia
CICAD/OAS - Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission Supranational
EMCDDA - European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction Supranational
UNODC - United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Supranational
NADC - National Anti-drug Council Surinam
MNS - Ministry of National Security Trinidad and Tobago
JND - National Drug Board Uruguay
ONA - National Anti-Drug Office Venezuela



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