What We Expect From the Policy-Making Community

Friday, February 17, 2017: 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Room 202 (Hynes Convention Center)
Michel Kazatchkine,Global Commission on Drug Policy, Geneva, Switzerland
Several groups claim to be policy-makers and whether a policy-making cycle even exists is open to debate. My talk will spotlight the many accessory roles around our elected representatives, including the staff of national and international parliaments, civil services and the legal profession etc. I will address principles 9 – 13, namely the fine balancing act whereby policy-makers must challenge science to deliver on their public investment, while equally being held to account by society, particularly when they deviate from independent scientific advice.