CSU politician Daniela Ludwig has been the Federal Government's Drug Commissioner since 18th September 2019. She succeeded Marlene Mortler (CSU), who was elected to the European Parliament in May 2019. The Drug Commissioner coordinates the Federal Government's drug and addiction policy. She is also the patron of the Global Partnership for Drug Policies and Development and coordinates its activities together with the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
Daniela Ludwig advocates a holistic drug policy at home and abroad that is strongly oriented towards health and development policy guidelines – people are at the centre. German drug policy is based on four complementary pillars: prevention of drug use, counselling and treatment of drug users, harm reduction and prosecution. The Drug Commissioner promotes the concept of harm reduction in the international dialogue.
International drug policy also affects people at the beginning of the illegal supply chain: small farmers. Drug policy is therefore also development policy. Germany plays a pioneering role worldwide in development cooperation to promote Alternative Development - a concept that addresses the causes of drug cultivation and promotes alternative sources of income for small farmers dependent on drug cultivation. On behalf of the BMZ, the Global Partnership for Drug Policy and Development is promoting the implementation of a health and development policy on drugs and is supported by its patron.