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Since 2002, four Forjando Liderazgo events have been conducted in Peru, impacting an estimated 1,483 participants and their communities. Although only four Forjando Liderazgo seminars have been conducted in Peru, there has been a tremendous impact under the leadership of DPNA/RIPRED Advisory Board Chair Alejandro Vasssilaqui, Executive Director of CEDRO. Through CEDRO, Forjando Liderazgo contributed to the coalition of young journalists by sponsoring a training seminar in Lima for 120 youth leaders from 20 regions all over the country. The achievements of these young journalists were later highlighted in other Forjando Liderazgo seminars and have served as a model of successful youth programs. Percy Subaste and Jorge Arnao, presenters from CEDRO, have been instrumental in sharing this information at several events in the region.
Mario Pezúa Piñella, coordinator of the coalition of Peruvian universities for drug demand reduction, participated in the Forjando Liderazgo event in 2002 and has been one of our presenters since the event in Pilar, Argentina. He has spoken at several seminars, encouraging other cities/countries to join the coalitions already established and also to form their own local university coalitions. Because of Forjando Liderazgo, CEDRO and the coalition headed by Mario Pezúa have started planning to join forces and work together.
Because of the Forjando Liderazgo seminars, an innovative and successful initiative was begun when a unique coalition of two cities was formed, one in Chile (the city of Arica) and one in Peru (the city of Tacna). Leaders from these two cities decided that they faced very similar challenges, had similar strengths and that they should unite their efforts to work together in order to achieve the same goals toward drug demand reduction. This unique coalition was begun under the leadership of DPNA/RIPRED member Rosa Icarte (the Head of the NGO CORFAL in Arica).
• A Forjando Liderazgo event was held for approximately 1,200 participants in Lima, Peru on October 28-30, 2002.
• A Forjando Liderazgo event was held for approximately 120 youth leaders from 20 regions within Peru in Lima, Peru on March 18-19, 2006.
• A Forjando Liderazgo event was held for approximately 60 participants in Tacna, Peru on April 21, 2006. A document was signed at this event stating that all stakeholders at the event are undertaking a regional effort to reduce the demand for drugs and to abide by the objectives of the Drug Prevention Network of the Americas.
• A Forjando Liderazgo event was held for approximately 103 participants in Lima, Peru on April 21-22, 2009. This event was supported by the International Task Force on Strategic Drug Policy.