The Brandenburg Forum provides a framework for dialogue on drug policies and is organised by the Global Partnership on Drug Policies and Development (GPDPD) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). It is co-organised by the German Federal Government’s Drug Commissioner, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services, and the non-governmental organisations Transnational Institute (TNI) and the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC).
The conference serves as a follow-up to the UN General Assembly Special Session on drugs (UNGASS), which took place in New York in April 2016 , as well as it provides a framework for the preparation of the annual meetings of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) held in Vienna in March. The forum aims to work together with a network of interested governments in order to formulate common positions that are then introduced at UN level.
During the forum, government representatives, delegates from international organisations, civil society representatives and academic experts from around 25 countries discuss the implications of decisions taken at UNGASS 2016 on the future of international drug policy. Forum participants also take the opportunity to exchange views on how international drug policy could incorporate and effectively implement approaches to development policy and public health protection in the years ahead. Additional key topics are the coordination between UN institutions dealing with international drug policy as well as the importance of human rights as a guideline in the formulation of drug policies.
The forum also discusses the action to be taken up to 2019, the year that the international community will review the United Nations Action Plan to Combat the World Drug Problem 2009-2019. GPDPD aims to continue the dialogue by regularly holding conferences in this format until the end of the 2019 Action Plan. Three successful conferences have already been held in July 2016, February 2017 and February 2018. Their results have been introduced at the UN level during side events at various CND conferences in November 2016, March 2017 and March 2018.