7 Norwegian members in the ECAD network of cities celebrated 10 years of membership in late January 2013. ECAD Vice Chair, Oslo Municipality Director General, Björg Månum Andersson made a presentation of ECAD work from Norwegian perspective and said that Oslo city looked forward to a continued good cooperation within ECAD, both nationally and internationally:
"ECAD has on several occasions discussed how to relate to member cities, which take action, or have attitudes or strategies that are not fully in accordance with ECAD platform. There is now a broad consensus on the futility of excluding members.
The main focus must be on the preference for staying a member and taking part in the organization, along with generally supporting the main issues of the platform."
Read the whole historical account of ECAD and Norwegian network of ECAD cities here (PDF)
We met with the all-Russian public organisation Narcological League representatives, Moscow city administrative officials and Russia`s Chief narcologist Evgeny Brun at the Russian Ministry of Health and Social Development and also with his colleague, senior drug treatment specialist Yelena Sokolchik. Russian Ministry of Health was informed about ECAD visit to Moscow too and a meeting was scheduled.
Our partner organisation in Moscow, All-Russian Narcological League is very much involved in ECAD efforts to stop as many as possible from experimenting with drugs and to help as many as possible to escape from substance addiction. This NGO focuses on spreading prevention information and latest research all over Russia. High professionalism and knowledge of Russian Narcological League will be the basis for coordinating ECAD work in Russia.
ECAD expects Mayors` conference in Moscow to be well-attended. The location is in the heart of Moscow city, it is the headquarters of the Mayor of Moscow, right in front of the Russian White House and conference premises are actually best equipped and largest in Russia. Conference programme will be published soon and our guests will not be disappointed.
As soon as we receive your pre-booking, we will contact Russian embassy/consulate in your country to put your name on ECAD list for visa support.
We are planning many workshops and exhibitions on May 15, as well as an interesting social programme.
ECAD had a very tight schedule in Moscow, however we managed to have a look at the magnificent Red Square by night. We are very thankful to our colleagues and partners, Russian Narcological League, who provided a splendid programme for our visit and thought of every detail.
You wouldn`t like to miss ECAD conference in May 2013, so plan your participance well-ahead!
Together we stand stronger. International experience in tackling drug abuse,
hosted by the city of Moscow, Russia, May 13-15, 2013.
Conference Venue: Moscow Government House, 36/9 Novy Arbat Street
Conference language is English (simultaneous translation to/from Russian will be provided).
Read Invitation to the Conference from Mayor Sergey Sobyanin (below) and pay attention to visa and conference registration details.
We and our Russian partners will support you all the way to make your conference attendence as smooth and pleasant as possible. We will be shortly publishing Conference Booking Form and a selection of hotels for you.
FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT (PDF)
"Law Enforcement at the frontline of international action on drug control", March 7-8, 2013.
The conference will focus on the police, customs and prosecutors cooperation against drugs and most notorious trends they are to deal with in their everyday work.
We will discuss the effects of lenient punishment for severe crimes committed, medical marijuana, the effectiveness of international drug control bodies` work, choosing treatment instead of prison for drug addicts and many other topics.
Programme and General Information (PDF)
Venue: Linköping City Hall (Pictured by Erik G. Svensson)
Travel and accomodation: International direct flights with KLM to Linköping, one of the biggest cities in Sweden, 200 km to the south of Stockholm.
We have negotiated special hotel rates for your conveniece with First Hotel Linköping and Best Western Hotel, please refer to the Programme Highlights.
Register and plan your participance in the conference already today, hotel booking deadline is February 8th, after that we cannot guarantee the availability of rooms at the negotiated rates. You book your hotel room yourself.
Representatives of ECAD cities: 60 Euro
Other participants: 80 Euro
We will invoice you when your conference registration form is received.
This report aimed at designing a new approach to public drug policy, proved to be rather controversial not only because of the prosals to transform injection rooms into users´ rooms to replace the "attraction" of open-drug scenes, its budgetary platform or a general approach to drug abuse as a health care responsibility.
Responsible for the report was Prime Ministers` father, Mr. Thorvald Stoltenberg, a reputed politician with 3 children, one of whom, Nini Stoltenberg, is known as a critic of the so-called "war on drugs" and a former drug addict.
The outcome of this report is not decided by the Norwegian government yet.
We publish Comment on the Stoltenberg report by Håkon Formo-Berntsen, Norwegian social scientist with a profound experience in working with the most socially exposed groups, retired consultant by now.
Download Comment on the Stoltenberg report as PDF
ECAD is happy to announce that one more Italian city, Troina, is now a new member of European Cities Against Drugs. Troina (or Traina in Sicilian) is a town and commune in the province of Enna, Sicily, situated in the Sicilian hills and is one of the highest places in Sicily.
On October 27, Salvatore Costantino Garchiolo, Mayor of Troina, signed the Stockholm Resolution at a national conference on illicit drugs.
ECAD director Jörgen Svidén participated in the conference as a speaker, along with several prominent speakers from Italy.
The conference, excellently moderated by ECAD's National representative in Italy, Mr Fabio Bernabei, gathered more than 250 participants.
The contact between Troina and ECAD is a consequence of Mr F. Bernabei`s thorough and impressive work for ECAD, which ECAD appreciate very much.
The city of Troina is affilliated to the recovery community of SanPatrignano, now with a new SanPatrignano branch office opened after the conference.
This brochure is produced together with Swedish organisation RNS and is a selection of strong political statements, colourful presentations and lastest research results in prevention and treatment from all over the world to be disseminated at Drug Focus, a biggest Drug Policy Fair in Sweden that takes place at the end of October.
"Highlights..." is a compilation you can always return to for citations´ referral, basic data on research and for inspiration.
You can download the broschure "Highlights from the III-rd World Forum Against Drugs" (PDF) here.
"Alone we are helpless; together we are unstoppable."
Robert L. Dupont, M.D.
Founder and President of the Institute for behavior and health, Inc., Maryland, USA
As announced last week, October 18, the City of Klaipeda and Klaipeda University in Lithuania arranged international conference called “A Healthy City: The Reality and Future Prospects”.
This well visited and thoroughely organised conference had many topics to discuss in connection to drug abuse, as well as it had speakers from all over Europe. ECAD’s director Jörgen Svidén participated by giving a lecture on different patterns of drug use in Europe.
The City of Klaipeda has since long proved to be a very engaged and active member in ECAD, which is much appreciated. ECAD welcomes initiatives like this, where the participants get to listen to interesting speeches, to receive new information and knowledge, and to establish contacts with people from other parts in Europe than their own.
Today, October 18, 2012, Lithuanian city of Klaipeda holds a conference on a concept of healthy cities 2009 - 2013, "A Healthy City: Reality and Future prospects".
This is an international conference with a focus on sharing experiences and health interests` inclusion into all local strategies.
Public sector specialists, representatives of academic community, experts and practicians will be participating.
ECAD Director Jörgen Svidèn is now in Klaipeda to make a statement at the conference and support one of the most active cities in ECAD network.
Next week ECAD will be speaking about the importance of prevention at the local conference in Sicily, Italy.
The panelists of the first day, among them Rowdy Yates, a president of the European Federation of Therapeutic Communities (TC), agreed upon the thought that TC is not about living in a community, it is about learning to live right, to live a "normal" life, attaching value to the people, being responsible and less egocentrical.
Daily pressure and plenty of room for individualism distort general human values and often become the reason why drugs are being used in modern societies. Modern culture of youth is driven by immediate struggle for consuming everything right now and leaves little space and time for care or attention towards members of the family, friends and humanity in general.
Prevention and recovery is about giving the right skills and competences for young people and their families, being close to children, putting family members close to one another, TC panel participants consented.
Frans Koopmans, responsible for prevention and public relations at De Hoop Foundation, spoke about the right choices for young people, stressing that importance of influence of norms in social context must be addressed at all levels, governmental and local levels, as well as at the family level.
More than 2000 guests participated in the Forums on Friday and Saturday, October 5-6, including ex-Mayor of Milan Mrs. Letizia Moratti, a newly appointed President of RAI Mrs. Anna Maria Tarantola who was on the discussion panel on Saturday, together with Mr. Giovanni Serpelloni, Head of the antidrug policies of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers and Dr. Gilberto Gerra, Chief for drug rehabilitation and prevention at the UNODC.
Dr. Gerra pinpointed that interpersonal relationships lie at the heart of prevention. Recent American research revealed that 13-19 year old regular cannabis smokers have 8 to 10 points lower IQ than their drug-free counterparts. Thus cannabis smoking implies social and emotional impairment to the individual development of young people.
Quo prodis? - Who is interested in having a new generation of people having lower IQ, wondered Doctor Gerra openly.
Young people should act as protagonists against the normalisation of drug use for - "who wants to live in a society where drugs are a way of life?"
ECAD supports this message wholeheartedly and thanks SanPatrignano for this event of tremendous importance and for inspiring insight into their community life!
Download the Programme in PDF