Thirteen (13) Non-Governmental Organizations of the SEE region founded the Umbrella Organization “Drug Policy Network in South East Europe“. The organization acquired legal status by registering in the register of the competent authority (Business Registers Agency) in Belgrade. In English, the organization is called “Drug Policy Network South East Europe” with the abbreviation DPNSEE. The registration of the network as a legal entity was one of the main objectives of the project “Strengthening NGO capacity and promoting public health and human rights oriented drug policy in South East Europe”.
Founding members of the DPNSEE are 13 organizations from SEE countries: Aktion Plus (Albania), Margina (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Viktorija (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Healthy Options Skopje (HOPS), (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), Diogenis (Greece), Positive Voice (Greece), Center for Life (Greece), NGO 4life (Montenegro), Juventas (Montenegro), RHRN (Romania), ALIAT (Romania), Prevent (Serbia) and SEEA.NET (Slovenia). Read more
The participants express their appreciation for the initiative of the UN Member States, the international organizations, civil society and in particular, the NGOs to discuss and openly debate key issues concerning the drugs phenomenon. It is important that the UNGASS includes besides the review of progress in the implementation of the political declaration 2009, the “assessment of the achievements and challenges in countering the world drug problem, within the framework of the three international drug control conventions and other relevant United Nations instruments.”
The outcomes of the UNGASS should give a new impetus to the renewal of drug policies and practices in the world.
From 1-3 October 2015 a regional conference on “the UNGASS 2016 and its significance for SEE” has been organised by DIOGENIS Association, Drug policy Dialogue in SEE. The aim of the conference was to inform the participants about the preparations of the UNGASS by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) and the contributions to the discussion of the United Nations Office on drugs and Crime (UNODC) and other UN Entities, the contribution of the European Union and of Non-Governmental organisations.
A public meeting organized within the context of the program “Strengthening NGO capacity and promoting public health and human rights oriented drug policy in South Eastern Europe”, which is co-funded by the European Commission DG Enlargement and the Open Society Foundations, took place on the 14th of May at the faculty of Law at the University of Sarajevo. The meeting was organized by the Association Diogenis, in co-operation with the faculty of Law and Association Margina, and it focused on drug strategy and drug legislation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Read more
The Informal Dialogue on Drug Policy focused on the following issues
a. recent developments in drug policy in the SEE countries,
b. the shift from a punitive attitude to a human rights and public health oriented approach in future drug policy
c.the collaboration between competent government authorities and civil society in South Eastern Europe, the action Plan on Drugs between the EU and the countries of the Western Balkans,
d.towards the 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Drugs (UNGASS), main discussion items.