تحت رعاية صاحب السمو الشيخ محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم نائب رئيس الدولة رئيس مجلس الوزراء حاكم دبي

Under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai

14 – 17 March 2022 Dubai Exhibition Centre Expo 2020United Arab Emirates

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Drugs and psychotropics trafficking remain an ongoing challenge for countries demanding coordinated efforts from all law enforcement agencies to gather intelligence, identify trade channels, track financing routes, and support rehabilitation efforts.

As novel drug trade platforms, such as the dark web, become available, it has become crucial for narcotics control departments to augment collaboration and embrace the use of digital technologies to stay ahead of criminals, mitigate trafficking and prevent substance abuse.

Taking place on 16 March 2022, the WPS Anti-Narcotics Conference provides a high-level platform to gain insights on forward-looking policies to counter drug trafficking and frame next-generation preventive and rehabilitation methods to treat drug addicts.

CONFERENCE THEMES INCLUDE
  • Inter-agency cooperation
  • Substance abuse and mental health
  • Rehabilitation centres and drug abuse prevention
  • Drugs and the dark web
  • Drug use trends and intelligence
  • COVID-19 and the global drug market

09:35 - 09:45

Welcome address by Dubai Police

Col. Abdulla Al Khayat

Dubai Police

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Welcome address by Dubai Police

Col. Abdulla Al Khayat

, Dubai Police

09:45 - 09:50

Introductory video

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Introductory video

09:50 - 10:45

Collaborative intelligence-driven approaches to control global drug trafficking

Leadership panel | Conference Room B

In 1971, the then US President Richard Nixon declared the global war on drugs. Though policies and laws on narcotics trafficking and abuse have evolved since then, there’s still a lot to be done to get to the roots of the global drugs market. Whilst the interdictory approach to combat drug trafficking has shown progress to some markets, novel methods of channeling have grown elsewhere. How are law enforcement agencies pursuing the drug trafficking and substance abuse problem? What does drug intelligence sharing of the future look like and how can we eradicate the narcotics supply chain together?

Attendee Insights:

An important discussion that underlines the significance of novel intelligence-sharing mechanisms amongst law enforcement agencies to eliminate internal and external drug trade markets.


Panelists:

H.E. Dr. Mohammed bin Ali Koman

Secretary General

Arab Interior Ministers’ Council (AIMC)

Maj. Javier Valdenebro

Head of Drug Trafficking Intelligence

Guardia Civil

Nikki Holland

Director of Investigations

National Crime Agency (UK)

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IconWednesday 16 March 2022

Icon09:50 - 10:45

Collaborative intelligence-driven approaches to control global drug trafficking

Leadership panel | Conference Room B

In 1971, the then US President Richard Nixon declared the global war on drugs. Though policies and laws on narcotics trafficking and abuse have evolved since then, there’s still a lot to be done to get to the roots of the global drugs market. Whilst the interdictory approach to combat drug trafficking has shown progress to some markets, novel methods of channeling have grown elsewhere. How are law enforcement agencies pursuing the drug trafficking and substance abuse problem? What does drug intelligence sharing of the future look like and how can we eradicate the narcotics supply chain together?

Attendee Insights:

An important discussion that underlines the significance of novel intelligence-sharing mechanisms amongst law enforcement agencies to eliminate internal and external drug trade markets.


H.E. Dr. Mohammed bin Ali Koman

Secretary General, Arab Interior Ministers’ Council (AIMC)

Maj. Javier Valdenebro

Head of Drug Trafficking Intelligence, Guardia Civil

Nikki Holland

Director of Investigations, National Crime Agency (UK)

10:45 - 11:00

The collective approach to combating global drug trafficking

Keynote | Conference Room B

Drug issues have become a global cause for concern affecting lives, countries and the economy as a whole. With drug routes and channels constantly evolving, how can the world collaborate to combat misinformation, and prevent illicit trafficking? How can governments and law enforcement agencies mitigate today’s drug market with the right combination of policies and technologies?

Attendee Insights:

A high-level session that will highlight the how drug trafficking channels have evolved over the years and what governments, law enforcement agencies and the private sector must do to address this global problem.


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The collective approach to combating global drug trafficking

Keynote | Conference Room B

Drug issues have become a global cause for concern affecting lives, countries and the economy as a whole. With drug routes and channels constantly evolving, how can the world collaborate to combat misinformation, and prevent illicit trafficking? How can governments and law enforcement agencies mitigate today’s drug market with the right combination of policies and technologies?

Attendee Insights:

A high-level session that will highlight the how drug trafficking channels have evolved over the years and what governments, law enforcement agencies and the private sector must do to address this global problem.


11:15 - 12:45

Strategy talks and Q&A

Conference Room B | Theme: Technology and its impact on fighting drug abuse, illicit trafficking and addiction

Technology has brought innumerable economic benefits to the world. On the other hand, organised crime groups, including drug traffickers, are exploiting new digital platforms to build new business models and expand their trade. With most crimes having links to other forms of criminal activities, how are law enforcement agencies staying ahead of criminals with technology and how are such skillsets enabling the prevention of drug trafficking?


Attendee Insights:

Focussed presentations from law enforcement agencies that will underline how law enforcement agencies are applying novel technology solutions to overcome the global narcotics issue.


11:15 – 11:25 | Opening remarks by session chair


11:25 – 11:40 | Strategy talk 1

Darkweb, cryptocurrencies and the global drug issue


11:40 – 11:55 | Strategy talk 2

Opening new avenues for intelligence sharing on illicit drug trafficking


11:55 – 12:10 | Strategy talk 3

Applying data and analytics to trace the global narcotics market


12:10 – 12:25 | Strategy talk 4

Analysing brainwaves to screen drug trafficking suspects


12:25 – 12:45 | Discussion

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IconWednesday 16 March 2022

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Strategy talks and Q&A

Conference Room B | Theme: Technology and its impact on fighting drug abuse, illicit trafficking and addiction

Technology has brought innumerable economic benefits to the world. On the other hand, organised crime groups, including drug traffickers, are exploiting new digital platforms to build new business models and expand their trade. With most crimes having links to other forms of criminal activities, how are law enforcement agencies staying ahead of criminals with technology and how are such skillsets enabling the prevention of drug trafficking?


Attendee Insights:

Focussed presentations from law enforcement agencies that will underline how law enforcement agencies are applying novel technology solutions to overcome the global narcotics issue.


11:15 – 11:25 | Opening remarks by session chair


11:25 – 11:40 | Strategy talk 1

Darkweb, cryptocurrencies and the global drug issue


11:40 – 11:55 | Strategy talk 2

Opening new avenues for intelligence sharing on illicit drug trafficking


11:55 – 12:10 | Strategy talk 3

Applying data and analytics to trace the global narcotics market


12:10 – 12:25 | Strategy talk 4

Analysing brainwaves to screen drug trafficking suspects


12:25 – 12:45 | Discussion

13:30 - 14:30

Intelligence sharing strategies for law enforcement agencies to combat drug trafficking

Private-meeting

Invitation-only meeting to discuss strategies and best practices to mitigate drug trafficking.

16:00 – 16:15 | Strategy talk 1
Dubai Police's field control efforts


16:15 - 16:30 | Strategy talk 2
Spain's anti-drug trafficking strategies


16:30 - 16:45 | Strategy talk 3
Japan's best practices on combating drug trafficking


16:45 - 17:00 | Discussion

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Intelligence sharing strategies for law enforcement agencies to combat drug trafficking

Private-meeting

Invitation-only meeting to discuss strategies and best practices to mitigate drug trafficking.

16:00 – 16:15 | Strategy talk 1
Dubai Police's field control efforts


16:15 - 16:30 | Strategy talk 2
Spain's anti-drug trafficking strategies


16:30 - 16:45 | Strategy talk 3
Japan's best practices on combating drug trafficking


16:45 - 17:00 | Discussion

14:00 - 14:30

Winning the global drug war – Portugal’s journey

Leadership interview | Conference Room B

The decriminalisation of all drugs in 2001 has led Portugal to experience a dramatic drop in substance abuse and addition. Despite taking around 18 years to implement the revamped drug policy of 2001, today, Portugal has built a wide array of healthcare and rehabilitation channels to treat and overcome the drug issue. How did the European nation with a population of little over 10 million overcome its drug issue through forward-looking policies? Following the implementation of the new policy, what were the immediate implications in the country and how is the nation prepared for the future?

Attendee Insights:

A must-attend session to learn how Portugal embarked on a journey to revamp its drug policy and the influence of the collective approach from the government, law enforcement agencies and healthcare to transform the drug problem in the country.


Panelists:

Dr. João Castel-Branco Goulão

National Drug Coordinator and Director General

Intervention on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies General Directorate (SICAD)

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Winning the global drug war – Portugal’s journey

Leadership interview | Conference Room B

The decriminalisation of all drugs in 2001 has led Portugal to experience a dramatic drop in substance abuse and addition. Despite taking around 18 years to implement the revamped drug policy of 2001, today, Portugal has built a wide array of healthcare and rehabilitation channels to treat and overcome the drug issue. How did the European nation with a population of little over 10 million overcome its drug issue through forward-looking policies? Following the implementation of the new policy, what were the immediate implications in the country and how is the nation prepared for the future?

Attendee Insights:

A must-attend session to learn how Portugal embarked on a journey to revamp its drug policy and the influence of the collective approach from the government, law enforcement agencies and healthcare to transform the drug problem in the country.


Dr. João Castel-Branco Goulão

National Drug Coordinator and Director General, Intervention on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies General Directorate (SICAD)

14:30 - 15:15

Experimenting forward-looking strategies, laws, and policies to counter drug trafficking and abuse

Leadership panel | Conference Room B

Despite global efforts, the global drug market has grown substantially creating new criminal value chains. Whilst punitive drug policies were able to alleviate the drug trafficking efforts, they have opened novel public health challenges for governments and law enforcement agencies. Is it time for countries to reform their laws and policies and support rehabilitation? With drugs such as Captagon fuelling terrorist activities in regional markets, how can law enforcement agencies stay ahead of traffickers that rely on inventive approaches to smuggle drugs?

Attendee Insights:

A high-level session that sheds light on novel approaches of governments and law enforcement agencies to mitigate transnational drug trafficking and promote rehabilitation through innovative polices and strategies.


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IconWednesday 16 March 2022

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Experimenting forward-looking strategies, laws, and policies to counter drug trafficking and abuse

Leadership panel | Conference Room B

Despite global efforts, the global drug market has grown substantially creating new criminal value chains. Whilst punitive drug policies were able to alleviate the drug trafficking efforts, they have opened novel public health challenges for governments and law enforcement agencies. Is it time for countries to reform their laws and policies and support rehabilitation? With drugs such as Captagon fuelling terrorist activities in regional markets, how can law enforcement agencies stay ahead of traffickers that rely on inventive approaches to smuggle drugs?

Attendee Insights:

A high-level session that sheds light on novel approaches of governments and law enforcement agencies to mitigate transnational drug trafficking and promote rehabilitation through innovative polices and strategies.


15:15 - 16:30

Strategy talks and Q&A

Conference Room B | Session theme: The role of social institutions in countering drug addiction and supporting rehabilitation

Substance abuse and addiction have destructive consequences in societies. Reports show that over 275 million people have been under the influence of drugs and psychotropics in the past year. Rapid technological adoption has eased access to drug markets on the dark web posing public health challenges in addition to long-term health implications on the population. How are governments and social institutions addressing the growing healthcare issue around the world?

Attendee Insights:

Focussed 15-minute presentations that highlight the role of social institutions in educating the youth on the adverse effects of drugs and enhancing rehabilitation efforts.


15:15 - 15:20 | Opening remarks by session chair


15:20 - 15:35 | Strategy talk 1

Technology addiction and its influence on substance abuse


15:35 - 15:50 | Strategy talk 2
Collaborating with NGOs and families to raise an addiction-immune generation


15:50 – 16:05 | Strategy talk 3
Treating drug addiction as a healthcare issue


16:05 - 16:20 | Strategy talk 3
Assessing child drug use behaviour through novel digital solutions


16:20 - 16:30 | Discussion


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Strategy talks and Q&A

Conference Room B | Session theme: The role of social institutions in countering drug addiction and supporting rehabilitation

Substance abuse and addiction have destructive consequences in societies. Reports show that over 275 million people have been under the influence of drugs and psychotropics in the past year. Rapid technological adoption has eased access to drug markets on the dark web posing public health challenges in addition to long-term health implications on the population. How are governments and social institutions addressing the growing healthcare issue around the world?

Attendee Insights:

Focussed 15-minute presentations that highlight the role of social institutions in educating the youth on the adverse effects of drugs and enhancing rehabilitation efforts.


15:15 - 15:20 | Opening remarks by session chair


15:20 - 15:35 | Strategy talk 1

Technology addiction and its influence on substance abuse


15:35 - 15:50 | Strategy talk 2
Collaborating with NGOs and families to raise an addiction-immune generation


15:50 – 16:05 | Strategy talk 3
Treating drug addiction as a healthcare issue


16:05 - 16:20 | Strategy talk 3
Assessing child drug use behaviour through novel digital solutions


16:20 - 16:30 | Discussion


16:30 - 17:00

Strategy talks

Conference Room B

Best practices and personal experiences on overcoming drug addiction

16:30 – 16:45 | Strategy talk 1


16:45 – 17:00 | Strategy talk 2


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Strategy talks

Conference Room B

Best practices and personal experiences on overcoming drug addiction

16:30 – 16:45 | Strategy talk 1


16:45 – 17:00 | Strategy talk 2


17:00 - 17:10

Closing remarks and conference proceedings

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Closing remarks and conference proceedings

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