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Beyond Prohibition: Unpacking the Connection Between Drug Policies and Sustainable Development Priorities

  • When
  • September 19, 2023
    6:30–7:30 p.m. (EDT)
  • Where
  • United Nations Conference Building, 405 E. 45th St., New York
  • Speakers
  • Helen Clark, Mandeep Dhaliwal, Rio Hada, Marta Machado, Kasia Malinowska, and Arlene Tickner
  • In partnership with
  • The Mission of Colombia to the United Nations, the Mission of Brazil to the United Nations, the United Nations Development Programme

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This side event held in conjunction with the 2023 Sustainable Development Goals Summit and United Nations General Assembly explores the intricate relationship between drug policies and development, showcasing exemplary practices.

The event will contribute to improving the alignment of national drug control mechanisms with the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, helping to inform national development plans and strategies that effectively address the “world drug problem” while achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.


  • Helen Clark


    Helen Clark is a commissioner for the Global Commission on Drug Policy.

  • Mandeep Dhaliwal


    Mandeep Dhaliwal is director of the United Nations Development Programme’s HIV and Health Group.

  • Rio Hada


    Rio Hada is chief of the Equality, Development, and Rule of Law Section of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in New York.

  • Marta Machado


    Marta Machado is national secretary for Drug Policy in Brazil’s Ministry of Justice and Public Security.

  • Kasia Malinowska


    Kasia Malinowska is director of Drugs Policy at the Open Society Foundations.

  • Arlene Tickner


    Arlene Tickner is ambassador and deputy permanent representative of Colombia to the United Nations.

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