The Global Partnership on Drug Policies and Development (GPDPD) is a global and multi-sectoral programme implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). GPDPD further partners with the Federal Ministry of Health, the Federal Drug Commissioner, the Federal Foreign Office, the Federal Ministry of the Interior. The partnership implements its projects jointly with selected international organizations and NGOs – including IDPC and the Transnational Institute (TNI).
The overall objective of the GPDPD is that international drug policies change their orientation, both in terms of reducing illicit drug crop production as well as in dealing with drug users. The programme seeks to establish and politically entrench sound rural development and health policies in dealing with drugs, and to reinforce these at the United Nations and at country level. In doing so, the programme also contributes to the formation of an innovative alliance of like-minded countries in order to advocate for these more humane and more effective approaches.
The 1st ‘Brandenburg Forum (BBF) in Geneva’ took place on 11th February 2021, within the framework of the Global Partnership on Drug Policies and Development (GPDPD). The Forum, held under the ‘Chatham House Rule’ in order to facilitate openness, sought to build upon the series of high-profile Brandenburg Forums on Drugs and Development Policies held in Germany since 2016 – providing a trusted space for important discussion and debate to strengthen the drug policy focus within the key health and human rights bodies in Geneva.
The 5th Brandenburg Forum on Drugs and Development Policies took place from 11th to 13th February 2020, at the Schloss Lübbenau in Brandenburg, Germany. State, UN and civil society representatives discussed the state of play in international drug policy as well as recent trends and developments in relation to development, human rights and public health.
The 4th Brandenburg Forum on Drugs and Development Policies took place between 11th - 13th February 2019, discussing the state of play of debates in advance of the 2019 Ministerial Segment of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs and addressing challenges and solutions related to development, human rights, public health and new trends.
In February 2018, the 3rd Brandenburg Forum on Drugs and Development Policies was organised within the framework of the Global Partnership on Drug Policies and Development (GPDPD).
IDPC and GPDPD developed CND App to facilitate engagement with the 60th Session of the CND. CND App is an in-browser mobile app which helps attendees track live what is happening at CND, receive notifications on key events, resolutions and speakers, and access UN agreed language on specific drug policy issues. The 60th CND version can be accessed here - it will be refreshed and updated for CND 2018.
From 4th to 6th October 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand, an Expert Group Meeting was co-hosted by the Thai Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB), the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC), the Transnational Institute (TNI) and Harm Reduction International (HRI).
In February 2017, the 2nd Brandenburg Forum on Drugs and Development Policies was held, organised within the framework of the Global Partnership on Drug Policies and Development (GPDPD).
In February 2016, an expert meeting was convened in Berlin, Germany by GIZ on behalf of BMZ and the Federal Drug Commissioner, jointly with IDPC – entitled “New Approaches on Harm Reduction”.
In November 2015, an expert meeting was convened in Bangkok, Thailand by BMZ, GIZ, UNODC, the Mae Fah Luang Foundation and TNI – entitled “Taking Development Seriously: Alternative Development in the UNGASS 2016 Process”.