El Informe Mundial sobre Drogas 2020: Perspectivas sobre mercados, tecnología y políticas


El Informe Mundial sobre Drogas 2020: Perspectivas sobre mercados, tecnología y políticas

10 marzo 2021
Global Drug Policy Observatory (GDPO)

El IDPC y GDPO reconocen la riqueza de datos contenidos en el Informe Mundial sobre Drogas, al mismo tiempo que critican su visión excesivamente positiva sobre el impacto de las acciones para el control de drogas y de enfoques de fiscalización. Más información, en inglés, está disponible abajo.

IDPC response to the 2020 World Drug Report

UNODC’s 2020 World Drug Report provides a comprehensive and sophisticated analysis of the current state of global drug markets, as their size, complexity and intricacy continue to grow. However, the Report can be criticised for turning a blind eye on the negative consequences of states’ drug control efforts, and for overestimating the success of law enforcement approaches.

To explore these shortcomings, this year’s critique analyses the World Drug Report’s approach to the key topic of technological innovation in drug policy, through a close reading of its sections on cryptomarkets, and on the eradication of crops destined for the illegal drug market in Colombia.

In global drug policy debates, technological innovation is often framed as an instrument for disruption and as a cause of concern, if not alarm. That is certainly the approach adopted by the 2020 World Drug Report, which predominantly describes technological developments as a ‘challenge’ from the perspective of law enforcement. While there is some truth in this perspective, the reality is far more complicated with the use of technology by both state and non-state actors generating both positive and negative outcomes.

This year’s response to the UNODC World Drug Report was written by Dave Bewley-Taylor and Patrick Shortis, with contributions from Adria Cots Fernandez.

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