The CND was meeting to discuss the implementation of the international community’s recent commitments on drug policy, including those concerning addressing illicit drug markets.
The focus of the session was the expansion and diversification of the range of drugs and drug markets.
In this context, Haysom explored the high-level corruption enabling the heroin trade in the regions, as well as the trends that are shaping the local impacts, such as urbanization, local governance issues, as well as the role violence plays in fragile countries and communities.
‘Africa is now experiencing the sharpest increase in heroin use worldwide and a spectrum of criminal networks and political elites in eastern and southern Africa are substantially enmeshed in the trade. The transit of heroin has shaped, and been shaped by, high-level governance dynamics, and the criminal governance of illicit markets mirrors the dynamics of political competition and rule.’