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.
You can read it or download it here.
Within the frame of the project “Strengthening NGO capacity and promoting public health and human
rights oriented drug policy in South Eastern Europe”, funded by EU and OSF, a visit to Slovenia took place on 26 – 28 of September.
On behalf of the project partners (and members of DPNSE), Mr. Sasa Mijovic (NVO4Life), Mr. Erlind Plaku (AksionPlus) and Mr. Nikos Stergiou (Diogenis Drug Policy Dialogue) participated on this activity. They had meetings with Mr. Joze Hren (Secretary, Directorate for Public Health, Ministry of Health) and also with representatives from the NGOs “Stigma”, “DrogArt” and “Association of NGOs working on the fields of drugs and addictions”. The meetings were concluded in an excellent climate and there was great exchange of experiences and good practices on drug policy in Slovenia and in the area of SE Europe.
You can read more here.
The 10th 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 April – June 2017!
You can read or download it for free here.
With the participation of the representative of the UNODC office in Vienna, Mrs Jo Dedeyne-Amann, the National Drug Coordinators of Croatia, Serbia and Romania, the scientific officer of the EKTEPN, representatives of organizations and scientists from 10 countries, the 7th Regional Conference on Drug Policy in Southeast Europe took place on 9-10 June, at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Thessaloniki.
A total of 44 participants exchanged experiences and good practices on topics such as linking drugs to Sustainable Development Goals, Women and Drugs, Initiatives to Implement the UNGASS 2016 Conclusions in the Countries of the Region, Drugs and Internet, Harm Reduction in SE Europe, users’ involvement in drug policy, changing culture in drug use including new psychoactive substances.
Photo credits: Evita Paraskevopoulou
The full report of the conference will be available by the end of July.