Third Buenos Aires, Argentina Workshop
12 and 13, 2003
Institute of the Prevention of Drug Addictions (IDP) of the
Universidad del Salvador, directed by Dr. Juan Alberto Yaria.
- Scientific Secretariat: Dr. Andrés
Samá & Lic. Jorgelina Devoto.
Format of the Seminar:
Although all usual Forging Leadership
training events have the same duration (one and a half days), in
each location the issues that are raised and the type of presenters
vary according to joint decisions between the local and the
international coordination teams. This was a "piggy-back" training
event wherein Forging Leadership training was part of a much larger
event with 270 participants organized by the IDP. A copy of the
agenda is included with this report within the spiral bound booklet
that was produced for distribution to the attendees.
Because there were always two
simultaneous presentations going on during the entire event, the
Forging Leadership presentations had
between 130 and 150
participants. These participants were mainly social leaders,
graduate students in the area of drug addiction, and individuals
representing numerous Argentinean NGOs. Included with this report is
a spiral bound, book which contains copies of the forms which many
people filled out stating their desire to join DPNA/RIPRED and
copies of evaluation forms completed by the participants. The
organizations represented at the seminar were those known as being
active in drug prevention and treatment work and having clear ideas
about the need for drug demand reduction.
Forjando Liderazgo Presenters:
Drug Prevention Network of the Americas
- RIPRED, Sound Drug Policies, Preventive Cities, Drugs and Youth -
Obligations and Rights", and philosophical and Ethical Ground for
the Need of Drug Demand Reduction.
As in all former Forging Leadership
events, for most participants, what was said regarding the drug
legalization movement in the world and in Latin America, was totally
Training Materials: A copy of
the printed handout materials and the CD are included with this
report. They were specifically produced for the Forging Leadership
workshop in Buenos Aires and distributed to the participants. The
products produced were:
A. A binder in the
format of a book, with interesting and recent texts which were
written by the local presenters and others which were from papers
presented by the Argentinean presenters at the seminar and were
translated or adapted from other languages such as English or
Portuguese and which, most probably, represent new information for
B. A Compact Disc with
many other materials besides those in the binder described above,
facilitating the use of the texts in a wider form.
On Saturday, November 16, Calvina Fay,
Juan Alberto Yaria, and Mina Seinfeld Carakushnasky were the
invitees to be interviewed in the widely renown political TV program
"The Secrets of Power." During our seminar, the host of this TV
program, renown Argentinean journalist Ariel Crespo, had been one of
the presenters on "The role of the media" panel where he gave a
short report, emphasizing the no drug legalization positions
defended by DPNA, DFAF and the Universidad del Salvador.
Unfortunately, an accident occurred one day after the Seminar, and
Mina broke her arm, requiring transport by ambulance to a local
hospital. Following the accident, it was determined that Mina needed
to return home immediately for medical care (including possible
surgery) and, therefore, we could not participate in the program.
Dr. Yaria did participate and talked about Forging Leadership.
Immediate outcomes of the seminar:
Many of the participants
signed, in their own name or in name of their organizations, a form
expressing their desire to join DPNA/RIPRED and to work in order to
seek drug demand reduction in their country, Argentina.
Based on the ratings and feedback given by many of the participants,
it is possible to say that the Forging Leadership seminar at USAL in
Buenos Aires should be considered a success.