11th Informal Drug Policy Dialogue, Athens 24 & 25 January 2014

The eleventh Informal Drug Policy Dialogue, co-organized by the Transnational Institute (TNI) and Diogenis Association, took place on 24th and 25th of January 2014 in Athens, Greece. Participants from Czech Republic, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Greece, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Hungary and the countries of Northern, Central and Southern America, United States of America, Mexico, Bolivia, Ecuador and Argentina attended the meeting. The Dialogue also included representatives from the European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), the Pompidou Group of the Council of Europe, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the Drugs Policy Unit European Commission and the Office of United Nations AIDS. The programme included five sessions: The first session looked at an overview of the national Greek drug policy and the drug situation in Greece, developments of drug policy in Greece; the second session was dedicated to the current state of affairs in Vienna: preparations for the CND high-level review and negotiations of the Joint Ministerial Statement; the third session discussed global cannabis policy developments; the control of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) was subject of discussion in the fourth session; and finally, in the fifth session, the road towards the upcoming UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs (UNGASS on drugs) in 2016 has been discussed.

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