Public Policy Debate: ‘Drugs - It's About Health, Not Policing’

The Central European University and the Open Society Foundations organized a public policy debate on illicit drugs - the debate was opened by George Soros. Please watch our video!

In collaboration with the Open Society Foundation’s Global Drug Policy Program, the CEU School of Public Policy organized a debate devoted to complex and interdisciplinary issues raised by illicit drugs and global and national policy responses to drugs.The debate, opened by George Soros and moderated by Balazs Denes, focused on what some see as incompatible objectives of national drug policy – ensuring public health and conducting effective policing. Watch our uncut video of the debate! 

Opening remarks

George Soros, CEU’s Founder and Honorary Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Panelists

Dr Michel Kazatchkine, Member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, former Executive Director of the Global Fund and currently UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch, Director of the Global Drug Policy Program at Open Society Foundations, formerly head of the International Harm Reduction Program of OSF

Roger Flury, Federal Criminal Police of Switzerland, Police Liaison Officer for the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia at the Embassy of Switzerland – Prague

Moderator

Balázs Dénes, Executive Director, Hungarian Civil Liberties Union

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