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.
Five main issues have been presented and discussed at the meeting: a. The UNGASS, background, aims and expectations b. Drugs and Health c. Drugs and Crime d. Drugs and Human rights, drugs and Youth e. the UNGASS and the way forward. Several persons who attended the meeting had been asked to make a presentation on one of the issues. The presentations were followed by discussion where the participants had the opportunity to ask questions and present their opinion and comments. The meeting was concluded with a summary of the discussions and an indication of main points for the formulation of a statement of the NGOs that participated at the meeting.