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.
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. Read more
Berlin, October 9-11, 2008
The fifth informal drug policy dialogue took place in Berlin in cooperation with the German Federal Health ministry. The principal focus of the meeting was the UNGASS review process, the Political Declaration to be adopted at the next CND meeting in March 2009 and future goals in international drug policy. Discussion also took place on the outcomes of the five Working Groups held between June and September as part of the period of “global reflection” and the preparations for the high level segment to be held on the first two days of the 52nd CND session from 11-20 March 2009. Read more
Rome, November 9-10, 2007
The fourth informal drug policy dialogue took place in Rome in cooperation with the Italian Ministry of Social Solidarity. The two-day dialogue had seven sessions focused on (1) New developments in the field of Harm Reduction; (2) Drugs and prisons; (3) Social spending of confiscated criminal assets; (4) Access to controlled medications; (5) Evaluating the UN drug control system and the 1998 UNGASS review; (6) Towards another control model for cannabis and a reassessment of the coca leaf?; and (7) What to expect from the UNGASS review process. Read more
Bern, November 6-7, 2006
The third Informal Drug Policy Dialogue was co-hosted by the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health. Participants, most of whom are actively involved in policy, included over forty people from 21 countries, six inter-governmental organisations, five international NGOs and several academics. The two-day dialogue had four sessions focused on (1) the effectiveness of law enforcement in supply reduction, (2) recent developments around HIV/AIDS and harm reduction, (3) Bolivia and legal options for the coca leaf and (4) preparations for the 2008 UNGASS Review. In addition, participants were invited to visit the Bern city drug injection facility, where managers explained how the facility functioned and gave a guided tour of the premises. Read more
Budapest, October 21-22, 2005
The second Informal Drug Policy Dialogue was co-hosted by the Department for Drug Strategic Affairs of the Hungarian Ministry of Youth, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities. The two-day dialogue was focused on three themes: (1) harm reduction developments at the regional and UN level; (2) alternative development: dilemmas around coca and opium reduction efforts; and (3) preparations for the 2008 UNGASS review. Participants had the opportunity to exchange information and make comments from their own perspective on developments in these policy areas. The aim was to come to workable suggestions and ideas that could be used in the ongoing debate. Read more