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The 6th Brandenburg Forum on Drugs and Development Policies took place from 2nd to 4th November 2021, in person at the Schloss Lübbenau in Brandenburg, Germany. The Forum was organised within the framework of the Global Partnership on Drug Policies and Development (GPDPD). 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 Office of the German Federal Drug Commissioner, the Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services, the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC), and the Transnational Institute (TNI).
Against the backdrop of global travel restrictions and meeting regulations related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 6th Brandenburg Forum was purposefully smaller than its predecessors – bringing together 35 participants including government representatives from Belgium, Canada, Germany, Ghana, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Portugal and Spain, as well as officials from the European Union, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), and some of the leading civil society, community-led and academic organisations.
In order to promote open dialogue, discussions were conducted under the ‘Chatham House Rule’ whereby contents can be shared but neither the identity nor the affiliation of any participants may be revealed.3 This meeting report also reflects the Rule, with the exception of the formal presentations listed in the agenda.