We warmly invite you to save the date for the 28th ECAD's Mayor's Conference, taking place on May 11th and 12th! This year, we, in collaboration with the Local Councils' Association of Malta, will be hosting the conference in Malta at the Oracle Conference Centre (Dolmen Hotel) in Qawra.

The Mayor's Conference is a meeting place for people from Europe who are working to prevent drug abuse, ensure evidence-based practices, increase access to treatment, and promote recovery and reintegration services. The conference is one of its kind where ECAD member cities, NGOs, self-help groups, treatment centres, local, regional, and national authorities, politicians and other decision-makers, and others from Europe, meet to share evidence, best-practice experience, network and discuss strategies.

The conference will integrate capacity-strengthening opportunities through presentations given by scholars and representatives working in the field as well as through a study visit to municipalities in Malta. The agenda will be shared in due course!

To attend, register via the following link before April 21st!
We are happy to share further information regarding accommodation and others. You can contact us via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The conference is free to attend for the first representative of an ECAD member and in-person only!

The ECAD Mayor's plenary session will be held for ECAD members on May 11th in the afternoon.

Christmas greetings from chair Viggo Lütcherath

Dear member municipalities of ECAD. We have soon put this year, that stands in the sign of “back to everyday life”, behind us. The pandemic does not affect us to the same extent now. It is possible to gather for courses and conferences. In June, together with WFAD, we held our Mayors’ Conference in Gothenburg, Sweden, after a two-year break. Many interesting and important lectures were given, and many new contacts were made. ECAD also elected a new board during our General Assembly. I hope that the new board will be able to work well together. During the General Assembly it was also decided to significantly reduce the membership fee in ECAD. We hope that this will mean that many more municipalities find it possible to participate. We also started a closer collaboration with WFAD and look forward to the opportunity to develop this collaboration further.

The work against illicit drugs is of continuous importance. We find that promoting restrictive approaches is met with strong resistance and opposition. Both lobby, political liberalism and user organizations have a clear voice in the public sphere. Nevertheless, I believe that our three basic pillars are still worth emphasizing: Prevention, protecting and policing.

We must prevent drug use in society both by creating good social structures and by having preventive measures aimed at particularly vulnerable groups. We must be able to offer support to those who already have an addiction problem by offering detoxification, treatment, rehabilitation, and recovery. We must protect society with laws and regulations that reduce the smuggling, production, and illicit sale of drugs. We must continue to convey knowledge about the harmful consequences and effects of drugs on individuals, families and society and argue for restrictive attitudes to drugs.

I am convinced that this work will continue to be of importance in the years to come. ECAD aims to be a partner in this work.

Now we will all have a well-deserved Christmas and New Year's holiday and gain strength and inspiration for new efforts in 2023. I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Kristiansand 16 Dec 2022
Viggo Lütcherath
Chair ECAD

The 27th European Cities Against Drugs Mayors' Conference and 8th World Forum Against Drugs was successfully held on the 13th and 14th of June 2022 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Participants from approximately 20 countries participated in the Conference in person and others joined virtually. The hybrid opportunity allowed participants from all regions to attend.

The Forum was a meeting place for all members, professionals, scholars, local, regional, and national authorities, politicians, and other decision-makers from all corners of the world actively working to prevent drug abuse, increase treatment, and promote recovery and reintegration.

This year’s programme offered tracks on prevention, treatment and recovery, and a special track on advocacy, including advocacy for funding prevention, children´s rights and against legalisation.

Access the Summary of the Forum here. 

After the Conference, our annual meeting was held. Minutes from the Annual meeting can be accessed here

The forum was inaugurated by Ms. Ghada Waly, the Executive Director of the UNODC, and phenomenal speakers that shared their work, research, project, and best practices.

Read more: The 27th Mayors' Conference and 8th World Forum

Read more: The 27th Mayors' Conference and 8th World Forum

Planet Youth is organising its annual conference between September 14th and 16th. During the three days, presentations by national and international keynote speakers from the global prevention community will be given. The conference is also an opportunity to network and get together.

The theme of the conference is: The core elements of Planet Youth, experiences from Planet Youth communities around the world, innovations and future steps of Planet Youth.

There are a limited number of seats. Therefore, it is advised to register to attend the Conference in person in Reykjavik in September.

Find more information on the Forum, and the agenda, and register on their website!

Read more: Planet Youth Conference 2022 – September 14th-16th
Read more: The 27th ECAD Mayors’ Conference
13th - 14th of June in Gothenburg, Sweden

Read more: The 27th ECAD Mayors’ Conference


ECAD's activities from year to year culminate in the annual ECAD Mayors Conference, hosted by a distinct ECAD member city every summer. Councillors and other politicians and policymakers convene with academics and civil society organizations to participate in seminars and study visits, discussing the latest developments in drug prevention efforts throughout Europe.

27th Mayors Conference - Gothenburg and online 2022

The 27th Mayors' Conference and 8th World Forum took place in Gothenburg and online 13-14th June 2022.

The World Forum and Mayor’s Conference is a meeting place for people from all continents who are working to prevent drug abuse, ensure evidence-based and gender-sensitive practices, increase access to treatment, and to promote recovery and reintegration services. This global forum is one of its kind where NGOs, self-help groups, treatment centres, scholars, local, regional, and national authorities, politicians and other decision-makers, and others from around the world will meet to share evidence and best practice experiences. This year’s World Forum will include three main tracks: Prevention, Treatment/Recovery, and Advocacy, which will stretch over 1,5 days followed by the WFAD Congress and ECAD Mayors plenary session. 

We are proud to announce that the Forum was inaugurated by UNODC Executive Director Ghada Waly and will be joined by experts from around the world.

Read more on the website: https://2022.wfad.se/ and access the full report here
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26th Mayors Conference - Cork 2019



and 6th World Forum Against Drugs

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Conference materials

Kevin Sabet, PhD, Director, Drug Policy Institute, University of Florida, President, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), USA
Speech at the WFAD /ECAD 25th Mayors Conference, Gothenburg, May 15, 2018 (Video 5min.)

Supply reduction in Peril?  A lot of the worlds`s drug supply emanates from a war-torn Columbia.
Dr. Michael Jonsson, FOI, Swedish Defence Research Agency

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In Columbia, a peace deal has been struck, which gives hope for a closure of insurgency and violence. (PDF)

Thomas Pietschmann, Dr, Drug Research Section, Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs
The International drug control system, global/regional and national drug patterns and trends, and supply reduction efforts at the international level (PDF)


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Annual Mayors` Conference and the 6th World Forum Against Drugs will take off on May 14-15 in Gothenburg this year.
This joint event will address a growing interest to the effective prevention practices, full recovery and alternatives to incarceration and to life-long dependency on drug treatment.
The conference will create a room for elaborating a practical guide to how a recovery city will look like, this will be grounded on the recent evidence-based research.
Sheffield Hallam University (UK), Ghent University (Belgium) and the City of Gothenburg have already started working on this guide in practice.

In order to find out more and to register please visit a joint webpage here.

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ECAD 24th Mayors` Conference materials

On June 12-13, the city of Kaunas hosted ECAD 24th Annual Mayors`s Conference 2017

Safe Cities Without Drugs. Preventing, Protecting, Policing

Key-note speakers:

David W. Spencer, Field intelligence Manager, Drug Enforcement Agency, European Region

Supply reduction and dismantling drug trafficking organizations: In what ways can local communities benefit (PDF)

Kim Nilvall, Swedish National Bureau of Investigation, Intelligence section, Organized crime

Police work in socially disadvantaged areas in Sweden: Impact of drugs on urban crime (PDF)

 Torsten Stodiek, Deputy Head, Strategic Police Matters Unit, Community Policing Advisor, Transnational Threats Department, OSCE

Preventing terrorism and countering violent extremism and radicalisation that lead to terrorism:

A community and intelligence led policing approach (PDF)

Jon Sigfusson, Director for Icelandic Centre of Social Research and Analysis, Reykjavik University, ICSRA

Youth in Europe and Planet Youth (PDF)

Laimonas Vasiliauskas, Senior Specialist, Serious and Organized Crime Department, EUROPOL

European Illicit Drug Market (PDF)

 Antonio Boscini, Health Director, San Patrignano Community, Rimini, Italy

Recovery and social reinsertion: San Patrignano Community model extended (PDF)

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 Conference Booking Form

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Kaunas Castle
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Warm welcome to Kaunas, Lithuania!

Archives of ECAD's mailed newsletters from 2003 until 2013. To subscribe to ECAD's new email-based newsletter, click here.
Official ECAD mission statements in six different European languages.
The ECAD Resolution, crafted at a conference to increase cooperation between cities, provides inspiration and hope for areas with particularly difficult drug problems. The signatories to the resolution will affirm their decision to fight against the spread of drugs.