Ushuaia, Tierra del
November 27 and 28, 2003
Local Partner: The Higher
Court of Justice of the Province of Tierra Del Fuego.
General Coordinator: Our local
coordinator and the coordinator of the seminar was Dr. Mario Arturo
Robbio - Judge of the Higher Court of Justice - Province of Tierra
del Fuego, Argentina.
Format of the Seminar: This
Forging Leadership training was a "piggy-back" event held in the
Argentinean city of Ushuaia of the Province of Tierra Del Fuego
which was part of a larger seminar. The main objective was to
explain to prominent leaders of the community the importance of
working together with the objective of obtaining drug demand
reduction in their Province. Most expenses were covered by the
Higher Court of Justice of Tierra del Fuego, including the site,
travel expenses for Forging Leadership DPNA/DFAF presenters, as well
as the hotel. We were only required to cover the expenses of the per
diems for Dr. Juan Alberto Yaria and Dr. Guillermo Fernandez and the
cost of the materials which were specially prepared for this event:
spiral bound booklets, each with 82 pages, and a CD with materials
in Spanish, Portuguese and English. We are currently waiting for a
sample of the materials to be shipped to us by our international
coordinator, Mina. A sample will be provided with next month's
This event included approximately 150 leaders of the Province. A
snow storm, unusual for this time of the year, contributed to the
absence of about 50 more invited leaders. The participants were
mainly judges, teachers, social workers, doctors and businessmen. We
are currently waiting for copies of the evaluations and the sign up
forms to join DPNA/RIPRED signed by the participants to be shipped
to us by Mina. Copies will be provided with next month's report.
Forging Leadership Presenters:
- Dr. Juan Alberto Yaria
- Dr. Guillermo Fernandez, who also
delivered Mina Seinfeld de Carakushansky's presentation
- Note: Professor Mina Seinfeld de
Carakushansky appears in the program as one of the presenters. Due
to an accident which occurred a few weeks ago in Buenos Aires,
wherein she broke her arm, she was unable to travel, but Dr.
Guillermo Fernandez and Dr. Juan Yaria made the presentations she
was supposed to make.
1. Effective drug
demand reduction policies are based upon a solid scientific and
technological basis while the movements for drug legalization use
shoddy science and lies to promote their agendas.
2. Explanation as
to how the strategies are used in order to achieve a global
philosophical shift to decriminalization and legalization of
substances as the principal approach and philosophy in addressing
3. Presentation of
best proven and state of the art drug prevention strategies:
community coalition building and preventive cities, working together
effectively in order to reach common goals.
4. Efforts against drugs
are not a failure. Examples of China, Sweden and the USA show that
the war on drugs is a war which has to be fought in a similar manner
as the war on poverty, the war on crime, the war on cancer, etc.
that prisons all over the world are not full of small-scale
marijuana drug users for long prison terms, and that drug
legalization would increase the harms drugs cause to our society.
Approaches that would increase the availability of drugs would
exponentially increase the damages these substances cause.
6. Steps that can
be taken to reaffirm stands for health and for well-being:
a positive goal for a society in which consumption of drugs is as
low as is possible, and where illegal drug use is not considered a
positive, sustainable, or viable lifestyle.
cease using such expressions as harm reduction, medical marihuana,
recreational drugs, etc. to describe a country's response to drugs,
and to confirm a commitment to do what it takes to help addicted
persons get off drugs and sufficiently rehabilitated to stay off.
to place our energies and emphasis on a preventive approach to
importance of community mobilization such as health promotion
activities and campaigns.
service reorientation -enhancement of services and access to
services by young people at risk.
regulation, policing and enforcement.
marketing-using mass media to promote health messages to young
Conclusion: Based upon
the feedback we had from Dr. Mario Robbio, Dr. Roberto Maldonado
(one of the important organizers of this event), and from the future
Minister of Education of Tierra del Fuego, this training can be
considered a success even though we had the misfortune of the
unexpected snow storm and Mina's injury which prevented her from
traveling to the site and managing the training. Many attendees
indicated that they were impressed with the event and saw value in
the training. A good indicator is that the participants from the
City of Rio Grande, came up to Drs. Yaria, Robbio and Fernandez to
formally express their desire to host, if at all possible, a Forging
Leadership event in their own city, in April 2004. In a similar
demonstration of interest and technical and scientific respect
regarding what was presented, three
different groups of people from Ushuaia expressed their desire to
have a specific Forging Leadership event in their city, in the
months of July or August of 2004.