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Mexico Summit 2016
Lessons from the Global Drug Policy: moving on from the 2016 UNGASS

June 13, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 8:10 pm UTC+0


Eventbrite - 1st UCL Mexico Summit. Lessons from the Global Drug Policy: moving on from UNGASS 2016

The Mexico Summit is a new initiative from the UCL Mexican Society as part of its efforts to offer a better understanding of Mexico’s challenges and initiatives in a global context.

The First Mexico Summit at UCL aims to bring together students, researchers and decision makers to present and discuss about the current Global Drug Policy in a stimulating environment.

In mid April, the United Nations General Assembly will hold a Special Session on the World Drug Problem as part of its efforts to enhance cooperation and advance on a common strategy to counter the drug problem worldwide. The UCL Mexican Summit aims to widen the discussion around the drug problem, from different perspectives, and about the implications of the outcome document from UNGASS.

The format of the conference will include panel discussions around key issues on the drug problem and policies. Panels will be led by experts on the field and will count with the participation of students, researchers and government representatives.

The summit is organised by the UCL Mexican Society as part of it’s efforts to contribute to Mexico’s challenges through the advancement of applied science and technology.

The main discussions will be held around:


1. Why did the War on Drugs Fail? (14:00 – 14:50)

The main pitfalls of the Global War on Drugs from a general perspective. This includes a brief assessment of the social and economic costs associated with it such as: violence, incarceration, human right violations, and, high consumption, amongst others.

  • P: Danny Kushlick (Transform Drug Policy Foundation)
  • P: John Collins (London School of Economics)
  • P: Mónica Serrano (El Colegio de México)
  • P: David Skarbek (King’s College London)
  • C: Maria Phelan (Harm Reduction International)

2. Drugs: The Alternative Perspective. (15:00 – 15:50)

An exploration of the different approaches to the drug problem around the world; this involves a discussion about the impact of drug wars on young communities, gender issues and cultural expressions.

  • P: Anna Waldstein (University of Kent)
  • P: Emily Crick (University of Bristol)
  • C: Karina Garcia (University of Bristol)

3. Drugs: Learning from the International Experience. (16:00 – 16:50)

A review the drug policy reforms of the following countries as alternative regulatory models: Uruguay, Portugal and the Netherlands. Panellists will analyse how these alternative models have helped to mitigate social and economic costs associated to the current drug policy.

  • P: Margriet Leemhuis (Dutch Deputy Head of Mission to the UK)
  • P: Thomas Grisaffi (UCL Institute of the Americas)
  • P: Jonas von Hoffman (Oxford University)
  • P: Niamh Eastwood (Release)
  • C: Tom Pegram (UCL Global Governance Institute)

– Coffee/Tea (17:00 – 18:00)

4. The Marijuana Debate: The Pros and Cons of Regulation. (18:00 – 18:50)

Marijuana is the most produced, trafficked and consumed drug across the globe. So far, the debate on drug reform policy has focused mainly on analysing alternatives to this particular drug and its regulation. This panel will discuss the effect of this substance on humans and societies, as well as the strengths and limitations behind this public health debate in light of the 2016 UNGASS.

  • P: Valerie Curran (UCL Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology)
  • P: Adam Winstock (Global Drug Survey)
  • P: Alex Stevens (University of Kent)
  • C: Lucia Magis-Weinberg (UCL Department of Experimental Psychology)

5. After the 2016 UNGASS: Concluding Remarks. (19:00 – 19:50)

A discussion on the agreements reached during the UNGASS 2016. Speakers are invited to review the leadership and alliances behind the negotiations, and to highlight the main outcomes and further actions for the international community.

  • P: Kelly Parra-Alba (Students for Sensible Drug Policy UK)
  • P: Ann Fordham (International Drug Policy Consortium)
  • P: Robin Pollard (Child Rights International Network)
  • C: Steve Rolles (Transform Drug Policy Foundation)

6. Closing Remarks (19:55 – 20:10)

  • David Najera Rivas (Mexican Deputy Head of Mission to the UK)

– Post event drinks (20:15 – onwards)


* Notation: P stands for Panellist, C stands for Chair.

If you have further questions, please send us an email at address at the bottom of this page.


June 13, 2016
2:00 pm - 8:10 pm
Event Category:


Gustave Tuck LT
2nd Floor, South Junction, Wilkins Building, Gower Street
London, Greater London WC1E 6B United Kingdom


UCLU Mexican Society