“Diogenis, Drug Policy Dialogue” in co-operation with the “Drug Policy Network in South East Europe” (DPNSEE) and the Office for Combating Drugs of the republic of Serbia, organised a meeting between representatives of National Authorities responsible for Drug Policy in the Countries of the South East European Region and NGOs working in the drugs field in these counties, took place in Belgrade, Serbia.
The main issues discussed at the meeting were:
a. The current situation of cooperation between National Authorities and NGOs in the field of Drugs. Positive experiences and challenges that require action in the future.
b. Mutual expectations of good cooperation between NGOs and national authorities. The possible benefit of a good relationship between NGOs and State authorities and models of NGO participation in decision making that exist in the countries of the region. Conditions that are required for a meaningful participation.
c. The developments in drug policy in the coming years and in particular the implementation of the recommendations of the UNGASS 2016 “outcome document” and the co-operation between Civil Society and national authorities. Areas of co-operation between NGOs and the competent authorities that can contribute to a more humane and effective drug policy.
d. Structures of co-operation between the states of the South East European region that can be used to promote the drug policy issue as a priority on their agenda.
The aim of the meeting was to discuss about the cooperation between authorities and NGOs at the national level, open up the possibility to exchange information and experiences of good practices and reflect on perspectives of future cooperation. This meeting was part of the activities of the action plan 2018 of the project “Strengthening NGO capacity and promoting public health and human rights oriented drug policy in South Eastern Europe”, financially supported by the European Commission and the Open Society Foundations (OSF).
You can read the full report here.
The trimestral newsletter #14 of the “Drug Policy Network in SE Europe” has just arrived, with news from the activities of its member-organizations for the period April – June 2018!
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The 13th issue of the Drug Policy Network of South East Europe Newsletter has arrived and brings to us the news of the network and its member organizations for the trimester January – March 2018!
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On Wednesday, May 30th, “Diogenis Drug Policy Dialogue” organized an open dialogue meeting in Nicosia with the topic “Drug policy and harm reduction in the context of the economic crisis”.
Representatives of the Cyprus National Addictions Authority, Public Mental Health Services of Cyprus and 4 Civil Society Organizations (KENTHEA, Cyprus Institute of Psychotherapy, Direct Access and Harm Reduction Program “Stohos”, Solidarity Movement for AIDS) were present at the meeting.
The aim of the meeting was to provide updated information of the current state of drug policy and harm reduction in Cyprus through the experience of all stakeholders, and also to identify possible proposals to address current barriers and challenges.
The meeting was implemented in the framework of the “New Approaches to Harm Reduction Policies and Practices” (NAHRPP) program, in which “Diogenis” participates as a partner and is funded by the EU with co-funding from the Open Society Founties.
A related report of the meeting will be published shortly.
Three years are completed with the publication of issue #12 of the DPNSEE Newsletter, with news of the Network and its member organizations, for the period October – December 2017.
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