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Drugs: A Balance to a Century of Their Prohibition

Mexico City, February 8th 2012


México Unido Contra la Delincuenciais pleased to invite you to the International Forum “Drugs: A Balance to a Century of Their Prohibition”,to be held on February 14th, 15th and 16th at the National Museum of Anthropology, at the Auditorium Jaime Torres Bodet, in Mexico City. The Museum is located in Paseo de la Reforma and Gandhi Road s / n, Col. Polanco Chapultepec, Miguel Hidalgo, CP 11560, Mexico City, Mexico. The inauguration of the forum will be on Tuesday February 14th at 9:00 am.

We will have the presence of distinguished national and international experts, among which we highlight:

  • César Gaviria: Former Colombian President, Member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy.
  • Jorge Castañeda: Former Secretary of Foreign Affairs.
  • Arturo Valenzuela: Professor of Government and Director, Center for Latin American Studies at Georgetown University.
  • Fernando Henrique Cardoso: Former President of Brazil, President of the Global Commission on Drug Policy.
  • Ethan Nadelmann, founder and Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance
  • Alejandro Madrazo: Professor and researcher at the Center for Economic Research and Teaching (CIDE)
  • Jack Cole: Part of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP)
  • Jorge Hernández Tinajero: A President of Collective for Integrated Drug Policy (CUPIHD)
  • Luis Astorga: Coordinator of the UNESCO Chair "Economic and Social Transformations connected with the international drug problem."
  • Mark Kleinman: U.S. Professor of the School of Public Affairs, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • Maria Elena Medina Mora: Director General, National Institute of Psychiatry "Ramón de la Fuente Muñiz"
  • Mike Trace: Executive Director of Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners Trust (RAPT

Please RSVP with Karla Higuera 5246-0100 ext. 376 ([email protected]) or Daniel Soto ext. 249 ([email protected])

Day 1: 14 of february




9:00AM – 9:30AM

Conference Héctor Aguilar Camín:  "Drugs: a balance after 100 years of prohibition."

9:45AM – 10:45AM

Conference George Will: "The failure of prohibition: chapter 2."

11:00AM – 1:15PM

Are there any alternatives? Ethan Nadelmann, Jorge Hernández and Donald McPherson Moderator: Andres Lajous

1:30PM – 2:45PM

Lunch: Restaurant Meridien

3:00PM – 5:00PM

Security Panel #1: Are drugs equal to violence? Strenghthening the institutions and reducing violence. Eduardo Guerrero, Mark Kleiman, Alejandro Hope and Luis Astorga; moderator Andres Lajous

5:15PM – 6:30PM

Panel: "¿Status Quo or Alternative strategis? An outlook":Jorge Castañeda


Day 2: 15 of february




9:00AM – 11:15AM

Security Panel #2: "The war on drugs: a judge`s experience:" James P.Gray                            


"The war on drugs: a change in paradigm": Sergio Ferragut,  Antonio Mazzitelli and James Gierach; moderator James P. Gray

11:30AM – 1:30PM

Health Panel #1: "Vision of a public health problem":Alex Wodak, Ernest Drucker and Larry Campbell; moderator Andrés Lajous

1:45PM – 2:45PM

Lunch: Restaurant Meridien

3:00PM – 5:00PM

"Public policy: a state vision": Video: President Cardoso/ Live panel: César Gaviria, Ruth Dreifuss and Mike Trace

5:15PM – 7:00PM

Health Panel #2: "International experiences emphazising a public health approach": Nuno Capaz (Portugal), Peter Blanken (Holanda)



Day 3: 16 of february




9:00AM – 9:45AM

"Economic drivers of the problem and possible solutions"

10:00AM – 11:00AM

"Violence and public force. A turning point: the future of police forces": Ernesto López Portillo, Jack Cole and Walter McKay (LEAP); moderator Andrés Lajous

11:15PM – 12:15PM

"The Mexican experience in public health": María Elena Medina Mora and Juan Ramon de la Fuente

12:30PM – 1:30PM

"A vision from the Mexican government."

1:30PM – 2:15PM

Conclusions and proposals: Alejandro Madrazo, Ernesto López Portillo and Jorge Castañeda


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Tue, 02/14/2012 - 9:00am - Thu, 02/16/2012 - 2:15pm
Mexico City, DIF
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