The 3rd Brandenburg Forum on Drugs and Development Policies took place from February 13th to 15th 2018 at the Hotel Schloss Lübbenau in Germany. The Forum was organised within the framework of the Global Partnership on Drug Policies and Development (GPDPD) – a programme aiming to enhance evidence-based development and public health-oriented approaches to drug policy. GPDPD is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented under political patronage of the German Federal Government’s Drug Commissioner. The meeting was co-hosted by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of BMZ, the Drug Commissioner of the Federal Government of Germany, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, the Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services, the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) and the Transnational Institute (TNI).

The Forum brought together 56 expert participants, including government representatives from Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United Kingdom. The Forum was also attended by representatives from the European Union, the Executive Office of the UN Secretary General, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), UN Women and leading civil society organisations. In order to promote open dialogue, the discussions were conducted under ‘Chatham House Rule’ whereby the contents can be shared and used, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of any participants may be revealed..