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

7 - 9 March 2023 Dubai World Trade Centre
Za’abeel Halls 4 - 6

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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
  • DAY - 1

09:30 - 09:35

UAE national anthem

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UAE national anthem

09:35 - 09:45

Welcome address by Dubai Police

Room B

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Welcome address by Dubai Police

Room B

09:50 - 09:55

Hemaya video

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Hemaya video

10:00 - 10:20

Global substance abuse outlook: An assessment of the pandemic-induced substance use in younger and older population

Keynote | Room B

The pandemic has triggered an increase drug use younger and older populations. With minimal frameworks to monitor drug abuse in the elderly, why is it critical to revamp the global drug prescription monitoring system to mitigate substance abuse? What immediate steps must be taken by governments, law enforcement agencies and health officials to measure and prevent the overuse and misuse of prescription drugs across all age groups?

Attendee insights:

An important session for attendees to understand how substance and narcotics abuse have evolved during the pandemic and what immediate steps must be taken to prevent the global drugs issue.

Jose De Gracia Romero

Asst. Director, Criminal Networks Sub-Directorate

INTERPOL

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Global substance abuse outlook: An assessment of the pandemic-induced substance use in younger and older population

Keynote | Room B

The pandemic has triggered an increase drug use younger and older populations. With minimal frameworks to monitor drug abuse in the elderly, why is it critical to revamp the global drug prescription monitoring system to mitigate substance abuse? What immediate steps must be taken by governments, law enforcement agencies and health officials to measure and prevent the overuse and misuse of prescription drugs across all age groups?

Attendee insights:

An important session for attendees to understand how substance and narcotics abuse have evolved during the pandemic and what immediate steps must be taken to prevent the global drugs issue.

Jose De Gracia Romero

Asst. Director, Criminal Networks Sub-Directorate, INTERPOL

10:25 - 11:15

Collaborative intelligence-driven approaches to control global drug trafficking

Panel Discussion | 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? What collaborative strategies must be employed by police forces and law enforcement agencies to predict and prevent drug trafficking?

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. Mohammad Bin Ali Kuman

Secretary General

Arab Interior Ministers Council, Saudi Arabia

Col. José Roa

Assistant Director, Anti-narcotics Directorate

National Police Of Colombia

Dr. Vanda Felbab-Brown

Senior Fellow

The Brookings Institution

Moderator:

Dr. Tarique Ghaffur

Former Asst. Commissioner

London Metropolitan Police

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Collaborative intelligence-driven approaches to control global drug trafficking

Panel Discussion | 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? What collaborative strategies must be employed by police forces and law enforcement agencies to predict and prevent drug trafficking?

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. Mohammad Bin Ali Kuman

Secretary General, Arab Interior Ministers Council, Saudi Arabia

Col. José Roa

Assistant Director, Anti-narcotics Directorate, National Police Of Colombia

Dr. Vanda Felbab-Brown

Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution

Dr. Tarique Ghaffur

Former Asst. Commissioner, London Metropolitan Police

11:20 - 11:40

The roadmap to building a drug-free world

Keynote | 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.

H.E. Lt. Gen. Dhahi Khalfan Tamim

Deputy Chief of Police & Public Security in Dubai & Chairman of The Anti-Narcotics Council

Dubai Police

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The roadmap to building a drug-free world

Keynote | 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.

H.E. Lt. Gen. Dhahi Khalfan Tamim

Deputy Chief of Police & Public Security in Dubai & Chairman of The Anti-Narcotics Council, Dubai Police

11:45 - 13:00

Technology and its impact on fighting drug trafficking, substance abuse and addiction

Strategy talks and discussion | Room B

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.

11:45 – 11:55 Opening remarks by session chair

Aymeric Salamone

Regional Law Enforcement Expert

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) for the GCC Region

11:55 – 12:10 Strategy talk 1: Opening new digital avenues for intelligence sharing on illicit drug trafficking

H.E. Dr. Mohammed Hamad Al Kuwaiti

Head of Cybersecurity

Government of UAE

12:10 – 12:25 Strategy talk 2: Darkweb, cryptocurrencies and the global drug issue
12:25 – 12:40 Strategy talk 3: Social media and its role in combating drug abuse

George Salama

Director Public Policy & Government Relations Middle East & North Africa, Pakistan, Afghanistan & Iran

Twitter, Inc.

12:40 - 13:00 Discussion
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Technology and its impact on fighting drug trafficking, substance abuse and addiction

Strategy talks and discussion | Room B

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.

Aymeric Salamone

Regional Law Enforcement Expert, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) for the GCC Region

H.E. Dr. Mohammed Hamad Al Kuwaiti

Head of Cybersecurity, Government of UAE

George Salama

Director Public Policy & Government Relations Middle East & North Africa, Pakistan, Afghanistan & Iran, Twitter, Inc.

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch

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Lunch

14:00 - 14:30

Winning the global drug war: Best-practices to counter the drug supply and demand channels

Leadership Interview | Room B

Countries around the world have built a wide array of healthcare and rehabilitation channels to treat and overcome the drug issue. But with the rise of new forms of psychotropic substances, how can governments, law enforcement agencies and the healthcare sector work together to overcome the growing drug issue through forward-looking policies? What are the immediate steps to be taken to track down the roots of the drug supply and demand channels?

Attendee insights:

A must-attend session to learn how countries can revamp their drug policies and influence the collective approach from governments and law enforcements agencies to treat the global drug war, support rehabilitation and develop an addiction-immune generation.

Frédéric Trannoy

Chief of Operations

French National Anti-Narcotics Office (OFAST)

Maj. Paolo Bonetti

Special Operations Group (ROS)

Carabinieri, Italy

Moderator:

Dr. Tarique Ghaffur

Former Asst. Commissioner

London Metropolitan Police

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Winning the global drug war: Best-practices to counter the drug supply and demand channels

Leadership Interview | Room B

Countries around the world have built a wide array of healthcare and rehabilitation channels to treat and overcome the drug issue. But with the rise of new forms of psychotropic substances, how can governments, law enforcement agencies and the healthcare sector work together to overcome the growing drug issue through forward-looking policies? What are the immediate steps to be taken to track down the roots of the drug supply and demand channels?

Attendee insights:

A must-attend session to learn how countries can revamp their drug policies and influence the collective approach from governments and law enforcements agencies to treat the global drug war, support rehabilitation and develop an addiction-immune generation.

Frédéric Trannoy

Chief of Operations, French National Anti-Narcotics Office (OFAST)

Maj. Paolo Bonetti

Special Operations Group (ROS), Carabinieri, Italy

Dr. Tarique Ghaffur

Former Asst. Commissioner, London Metropolitan Police

14:35 - 15:30

Experimenting forward-looking strategies, laws, and policies to counter psychotropic abuse and support rehabilitation

Panel Discussion | 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 prevent drug issues of tomorrow? 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 through innovative polices and strategies.

Panelists:

Sergio Muñoz Yañez

Director General

Investigative Police of Chile (PDI)

Matthew Torigian

Former Deputy Solicitor General of Ontario & Distinguished Fellow

Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

Maj. Gen. Mohammed bin Saeed Al Quarni

General Directorate of Narcotics Control, Saudi Arabia

Shane Williams

Regional Head of Investigations

National Crime Agency (UK)

Moderator:

Aymeric Salamone

Regional Law Enforcement Expert

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) for the GCC Region

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Experimenting forward-looking strategies, laws, and policies to counter psychotropic abuse and support rehabilitation

Panel Discussion | 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 prevent drug issues of tomorrow? 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 through innovative polices and strategies.

Sergio Muñoz Yañez

Director General, Investigative Police of Chile (PDI)

Matthew Torigian

Former Deputy Solicitor General of Ontario & Distinguished Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

Maj. Gen. Mohammed bin Saeed Al Quarni

, General Directorate of Narcotics Control, Saudi Arabia

Shane Williams

Regional Head of Investigations, National Crime Agency (UK)

Aymeric Salamone

Regional Law Enforcement Expert, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) for the GCC Region

15:35 - 16:15

The role of policing agencies and social institutions in countering drug addiction and supporting rehabilitation

Strategy talks and discussion | Room B

Focused presentations from law enforcement agencies that will shed light on how social institutions can support the fight against substance abuse, addiction and rehabilitation.

15:35 –15:50 Innovative ways in drug prevention and monitoring: experiences from the Netherlands

Daan van der Gouwe

Sociologist

Trimbos Institute, Netherlands

15:50 –16:05 Australia’s drug rehabilitation and control efforts

Aaron Burgess

Detective Sergeant

Australian Federal Police

16:05 –16:15 Q&A
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The role of policing agencies and social institutions in countering drug addiction and supporting rehabilitation

Strategy talks and discussion | Room B

Focused presentations from law enforcement agencies that will shed light on how social institutions can support the fight against substance abuse, addiction and rehabilitation.

Daan van der Gouwe

Sociologist, Trimbos Institute, Netherlands

Aaron Burgess

Detective Sergeant, Australian Federal Police

16:20 - 17:20

Drug control strategies

Strategy Talks | Room B

Focussed presentations from law enforcement agencies on drug control and rehabilitation strategies

16:20 – 16:35 Dubai Police's field control efforts

Col. Abdullah Al Khayat

Dubai Police

16:35 –16:50 Spain’s drug control experience

Maj. Javier Valdenebro

Head of Drug Trafficking Intelligence

Guardia Civil

16:50 –17:05 Canada’s field control efforts
17:05 –17:20 Profiling of ATS with emphasis on methamphetamine

Dr. TajElsir Abbas Ahmed

Nora Al Zarouni

Sharjah Police

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Drug control strategies

Strategy Talks | Room B

Focussed presentations from law enforcement agencies on drug control and rehabilitation strategies

Col. Abdullah Al Khayat

, Dubai Police

Maj. Javier Valdenebro

Head of Drug Trafficking Intelligence, Guardia Civil

Dr. TajElsir Abbas Ahmed

Nora Al Zarouni, Sharjah Police

17:20 - 17:20

Closing remarks and conference proceedings

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Closing remarks and conference proceedings

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