- Published: 21 February 2012
We would like to inform our members and interested NGOs about the possibility to get to know more about the activities at the 55th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna.
The CND will take place during week 11, March 12-16, 2012.
As a member of Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs, ECAD is pleased to offer a guide to the 55th Session of CND to brief NGOs about the participation in one of the major drug policy events of the year.
All the documents for the CND, including draft resolutions, can be found on the website of the United Nations On Drugs and Crime.
Commission on Narcotic Drugs (2012): A briefing for NGOs and CSOs (PDF)
- Published: 12 February 2012
ECAD Advisory Board met in Staffanstorp, Sweden on February 10 and had a strategic planning of the coming Mayors´ conference to be held May 9-12, that preceded the meeting.
Staffanstorp Municipality is a part of Öresund region and a Southern part of Sweden called Skania, the region that is closer to Europe than to the north of Sweden. Staffanstorp is a young and enterprising municipality with 23 000 inhabitants that has been a member of ECAD since 2004.
City-twinning or cooperating internationally are important success factors in the community development, and are also taken seriously by Staffanstorp`s counterparts in Killarney, Ireland. Mikael Sandin, Mayor of Staffanstorp and Sean Counihan, Mayor of Killarney, demonstrated genuine interest as they both engaged in conference planning during these days along with ECAD staff and Advisory Board members.
ECAD Advisory Board had a short dynamic meeting with a lot of development- and policy suggestions.
A delegation of city councellors led by Sean Counihan, Mayor of Killarney talked inter alia about different ways of involving the public and youth into discussions on drugs at the coming conference, which is included in the planing by now.
Smaller cities have a lot of incommon, as well as bigger cities do, and that implies that an up-to-date comparison of drug abuse trends and municipal solutions to the problems can be of enormous value both on the local scale and internationally.
However, we cannot focus on illicit drugs only, there is an acute need to involve other aspects, alcohol abuse, parents` role, NGOs, thus sharing opinions, not excluding.
"We need to focus on how to operate together and accept each others`points of view, thus broadening the perspective. That is why we chose to talk about cooperation and a broader perspective at ECAD Mayors` conference this year", said Patrik Runesson, Strategical Analyst at Staffanstorp City Council.
ECAD thanks Staffanstorp City Council and its Mayor, Mikael Sandin, for heartily welcome and generosity towards ECAD.
- Published: 03 February 2012
Conference Venue: The Malton Hotel (www.themalton.com)
First Announcement (PDF)
To book your rooms at the Malton Hotel (Conference Venue), download the Hotel Accomodation Booking Form below and send it before April 9 to the Malton Hotel, or email, phone / fax it quoting that yours is an ECAD booking.
Hotel Accomodation Booking Form (PDF)
- Published: 13 January 2012
A fresh issue of ECAD Newsletter is available for download in the menu under Newsletters.
Danish cannabis decriminalisation
Lancet Addiction Series, the first paper estimates how many people use illicit drugs worldwide
First European quality standards to improve drug prevention in the EU
and much more!
- Published: 10 January 2012
Download invitation letter and ECAD annual Mayors Conference announcement below:
ECAD member cities, Killarney in Ireland and Staffanstorp in Sweden will co-host XIX Mayors Conference this year. The two cities met through ECAD and we regard this fact as an exellent example of cooperation for the same cause.
ECAD XIX Mayors Conference topic is Cooperation in practice - a broader perspective. Two city Chancellors invite you to the Town of Killarney on May 9 - 12, 2012 where you can find out how international cooperation in practice makes a difference on community level.
First Announcement (PDF)
- Published: 10 January 2012
The City of Kristiansand, Norway, hosted annual conference for Norwegian network of cities in ECAD on January 5, 2012. ECAD Director Jörgen Svidén was one of the participants.
Representatives of Norwegian cities in ECAD meet once a year in January to focus on actual drug issues and discuss activities in their respective cities, to strengthen established contacts and to create new ones. Besides this, there are lectures on different topics to broaden perspectives and to give inspiration and new knowledge. The participants have various professional skills and roles, from leading politicians to practitioners and scientists.
Among great speakers was Else Kristin Utne Berg from Bergen, who presented a survey on trends of drug use and, based on that, ideas on how to react on these figures. The audience also got an interesting and engaged presentation from Kristiansand’s City medical practitioner, Dagfinn Harr, on success factors in the fight to help people overcome drug problems.
Norwegian initiative for ECAD member cities is most welcome in ECAD and is something that should be a role model for cities in other countries, as an important social factor and a professionally useful meeting. Gatherings like this are very inspiring and help set focus on the issue we all work on: how to create a better environment so that as few as possible get in contact with drugs and as many as possible stop taking them.
“Ut av tåka 2012”, a Norwegian annual seminar on cannabis, will be organized on February 22, and "Erfaringsdag", a seminar for drug coordinators from all over Norway, in connection to "Ut av tåka 2012" event will take place on February 21, 2012. Download seminar programme below.
"ERFARINGSDAG" PROGRAMME (PDF)
- Published: 15 December 2011
This book deals with a controversial notion of addiction as a disease, a model that may be misplaced, according to Doctor Manuel Pinto Coelho (picture), ECAD representative in Portugal, medical director of the Permanent Medical Service in Portugal since 2003.
"This book is a proof that drug dependent is not a condemned victim", says Doctor Coelho, who has a degree in Medicine and Surgery. "He or she can free himself by discovering himself and his willpower".
"Touching the spot" is about figuring out a new paradigm to drug dependence, to help everyone who has problems with drugs all over the world, and their families, to live happier lives.
ECAD looks forward to a hard copy of the book to be published in English and Russian in the near future. Contact us if you wish to know more!
- Published: 12 December 2011
In the middle of December Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) holds a reconvened Session to approve budget and agendas for the next CND (55th Session in March 12-16, 2012) for the two coming years.
In connection to this event Vienna NGO Committee had a meeting on December 14.
Meeting agenda focused on planning for the offensive work representing NGOs at the next CND session in March 2012 and arranging a Civil Society Hearing that is proposed to take place on Tuesday, March 13, 2012.
The CND acts as a governing body that decides on the policies to be followed by the UNODC in the area of drugs and approves its budget for this work.
Vienna NGO Committee on drugs is growing stronger in cooperation with the UNODC and Civil Society Team. The Committee is now Austrian legal entity with a seat in Vienna ("Wiener Drogen Komitee" in German).
Members of the Committee are an important link between civil society and the UN bodies, as well as INCB and CND. This year many VNGOC members made contribution in form of contact networks in the countries that INCB chose for its field Missions (eg. Bolivia, Serbia, Turkey, Bangladesh).
NGO participation at the CND sessions in March is informal but there is a possibility to attract more attention to the vital issues through participation in the side events also next year. The number of side events that could be organised by the NGOs is reduced in 2012, which is unfortunate. However, side events are an actual possibility to influence CND agenda and NGOs will remain active, preparing for the CND. The topics of the round table discussions at the CND have been announced already:
a) Counter-narcotics efforts and the principle of common and shared responsibility: opportunities and challenges;
b) Measures to prevent diversion of substances frequently used in the manufacture of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances from domestic distribution channels, including by strengthening partnerships with the private sector.
Read more about the criteria for NGO selection to participate in the CND side events at www.unodc.org
ECAD has been an engaged member of the Vienna NGO Committee Board since 2009.
- Published: 23 November 2011
Social workers, law enforcement officers, young volunteers, specialists promoting social development and healthy life attitudes are visiting Swedish NGOs (received at X-CONS in the picture) and state bodies this week to get a picture of Swedish drug policy development.
ECAD welcomes the initiative of 4 cities in Russian Siberia - Surgut, Nizhnevartovsk, Nyagan´ and Khanti-Mansiysk - to learn from the successful experience in prevention.
- Published: 14 November 2011
For some time ago ECAD introduced cooperation with NGO representatives in a couple of Ukrainian cities. Focus on working with governments and improving relationships between local city administrations and NGOs are on the agenda of ECAD as well as it is a priority for the UN.
Willingness to work with ECAD was openly expressed by several NGOs and Ukrainian partners considered to capitalize on that through getting in touch with their local governments.
Last week, November 10, ECAD ambassadors in Sevastopol, Lugansk, Lviv and Pavlograd met ECAD Head office staff in Kiev to plan common actions together for 2012. As discussed, we are looking forward to a common platform of work in the Ukraine, a new country in ECAD.
"Significant and exciting at the same time", said ECAD Associate Director Åke Setréus, "especially bearing in mind European Football Championship in Kiev, 2012".