International Informal Drug Policy Dialogues
The project of the Informal Drug Policy Dialogue is a joint initiative of the Transnational institute and Diogenis, launched in […]
The project of the Informal Drug Policy Dialogue is a joint initiative of the Transnational institute and Diogenis, launched in 2004. Since 2004 an annual International meeting is organised with participation of senior officials of ministries responsible for the policy on drugs, researchers / scientists who study the problem and monitor developments , representatives of international organisations such as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna, the World Health Organisation, the European monitoring center for drugs and drug addiction, the Drugs Unit of the European Commission and practitioners working in the prevention, treatment and social rehabilitation of dependent persons and the law enforcement officials. The initiative started initially by the Andreas G. Papandreou Foundation (APF) and the Transnational Institute (TNI).
The dialogues aim at the exchange of views on dilemmas that the international drug policy is facing and at a debate on strategies to be followed in order to resolve the problematic aspects of the current policy on drugs at local, national and international level. The Informal dialogues are conducted under the Chatham House Rule where participants speak in a personal capacity and do not necessarily reflect the views of their organisations. This enables participants to express their opinions freely without reference to the identity or origin of the speaker.
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. Read more
Warsaw, 15 & 16 February 2013
The tenth meeting of the Informal Drug Policy Dialogue series, organised by the Transnational Institute (TNI) and Association Diogenis, took place in Warsaw, Poland, gathering over 35 NGO representatives, academics, policy makers and practitioners. The Dialogue comprised five major sessions on drug policy. During the first session, participants discussed the current state of drug policy in Poland. The Criminal Code in Poland has been revised in 2011 to allow for diversion mechanisms to be established in order to divert people who use drugs away from prison and into treatment. Although many issues remain regarding Polish drug policy, this reform is a positive development in the country. Read more
Prague, 26-28 January 2012
Need to reform
The ninth (9th) informal rug policy dialogue organized by the Transnational Institute and the Association DIOGENIS, drug policy dialogue in Southeast Europe, has been held from 26-28 January 2012 in Prague, Czech Republic. The dialogue in Prague focused on three main issues a. the debate on the new European Union Strategy on Drugs 2012-2020, b. the new reform policy initiatives on cannabis and c. the future of the international drug conventions. Read more
Lisbon, January 21-22 2011
The eighth meeting of the Informal Drug Policy Dialogue series took place in Lisbon on January 21-22, 2011, a joint initiative of Transnational Institute (TNI) and the Association Diogenis, Drug Policy Dialogue in South East Europe that has replaced the Andreas Papandreou Foundation (APF) in co-operation with the Portuguese Institute on Drugs and Drug Addiction (IDT). Over 50 policy makers, practitioners, academics, and representatives from NGOs and governmental organisations attended the meeting, and discussed (1) the Portuguese decriminalisation model, (2) the cannabis policy reform, and (3) the agenda of the 54th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs and (4) Developments with regard to global drug policy initiatives. Read more
Amsterdam, December 10-12 2009
From 10-12 December 2009 the 7th International Drug Policy Dialogue took place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The Dialogue, has been co-hosted by the Ministry of Public Health, Welfare and Sports and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. Over 40 people attended the Amsterdam meeting with approximately half policy makers and half representatives of non-governmental organizations or academic institutions. The two-day dialogue focused on several themes: (1) law enforcement, human rights and proportionality of sentences, (2) the classification of controlled substances, (3) current developments in the Dutch drugs policy; and (4) various UN-level drug policy developments and preparations for the upcoming 53rd CND which will take place from 8-12 March 2010 in Vienna. Read more