6th Informal Drug Policy Dialogue, Greece

Orthodox Academy of Crete, May 22-23, 2009


The sixth meeting of the Informal Drug Policy Dialogue series took place in Kolymbari-Chania, Crete, at the same venue where the dialogue series began in 2004. Over 35 people attended, approximately one-third policy makers and two-thirds representatives of non-governmental organizations or academic institutions. Four themes were covered over the two days: (1) the 52nd Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), including the High Level Segment (HLS) and its Political Declaration; (2) drug law reform, law enforcement and supply reduction; (3) UN system-wide coherence; and (4) the UNGASS review process and the Informal Drug Policy Dialogues.

The conclusion of the meeting in Crete was that the Informal Drug Policy Dialogue series has been a useful mechanism for knowledge exchange and networking among government officials, NGO representatives and other expert stakeholders. It was agreed that the series should continue, both within regions where dialogues have been ongoing (Europe, Latin America and Asia), and in other key regions. A multi-regional “meta-dialogue” was also proposed as a potential future event to continue broadening impact on global drug policy.

Read more: Report Conference Crete, 2009