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, 4 – 5 June 2004
The Crete conference in 2004 paved the road for the meetings that followed. Speaking about the motives that underlie the current round of drug policy initiatives, questions have been raised like: Is there a widening distance between theory and law on the one hand, and policy practices and implementation on the other? How can potential conflicts with treaties or growing international tensions about diverging policy trends be addressed and resolved? How can the terms and climate of the global debate be improved and what role could the specialized UN and regional agencies play in the process?
Zappeio, Athens 4-6 March 2003
Towards an Effective Policy on Drugs: Scientific evidence, day-to-day practice and policy choices. Overcoming obstacles for the implementation of evidence-based drug policies andinterventions.
The ministries of Foreign Affairs, Health and welfare, Justice and Public Order in co-operation with the European Commission and the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) organised from 4-6 of March 2003 a High Level Conference on Drugs, which has been held in the city of Athens.