Wednesday, 19 September 2012 11:23
|These days, September 18-19, Swedish branch of ECAD holds its annual meeting. The meeting is open for the public and many national and international organisations working in the same field take part in the debates on cannabis and discussions of action plans as well as prevention work as seen by the young people.
"The more cities join the organisation, the more opportunities open up for improving drug situation in the member countries", says Dario Espiga, chairperson for ECAD Sweden representing the city of Gothenburg at this meeting, in a press release.
This Wednesday the municipality of Gävle receives Swedish ECAD Annual Award for anti-drug initiatives, thus becoming a role-model for other Swedish municipalities to look up to when it comes to political and practical involvement in drug policy matters."To learn from each other is a key to successful drug policy", says Dario Espiga.
Swedish ECAD Annual Award can be given to a municipality, a person or an organisation for brilliant work against drug spread in the community.
Gävle municipality has become an excellent example of heightening the level of knowledge among drug policy coordinators, taking initiatives for cross-border cooperation, travelling to other European cities for experience and information exchange and thus applying genuine engagement in drug policy matters to everyday policy work, the Award motivation states.
Today ECAD has members in 30 countries and ECAD Sweden has 40 member cities in its local network.
Friday, 24 August 2012 13:58
|We would like to share with you a newly published programme for the WeFree Days, October 5 - 6, 2012 in SanPatrignano, Riccione. ECAD will hold a seminar in San Patrignano community facilities on October 5 in the afternoon and detailed information will be published here soon.
WeFree Days in SanPatrignano is a very special event, created and implemented thanks to the contribution of the people living in the community. WeFree Days mark the start of the annual project for the school year 2012-2013. The two day event will offer the opportunity to learn more about subjects related to drug addiction and social marginalisation.
The aim is to stimulate debate on finding common solutions to the drug consumption trend, and more than 2000 students are expected to participate, along with representatives of international and national institutions, United Nations and delegates from associations engaged in social work around the world.
Among invited guests this year we hope to see Richard Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the Office for National, Drug Control Policy, Gilberto Gerra, Director of the UNODC prevention department, Jeff Lee, Executive Director for Mentor International, H.R.H. Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine Middleton, H.E. Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, President of Iceland, Giovanni Serpelloni, Director of Italian National Anti-Drug Department and many other prominent figures and professionals.
Download the Programme for WeFee Days (PDF)
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 12:28
| ECAD has launched a new and updated homepage today. We are proud to announce the upcoming Swedish conferences and network activities in a new formate, just click on ECAD Sweden in the meny to the left. ECAD Sweden has a very broad member network that has been continuously engaged in drug-related issues and watchful for the letter of UN drug conventions, being active in experience exchange and international cooperation between drug policy coordinators, practitioners and politicians.
The next Annual Conference for Swedish ECAD members will take place in Gävle, September 18-19. Please take some time and read the invitation here (In Swedish).
Visit us at http://www.ecad.net/svnet/
Tuesday, 26 June 2012 10:48
Today is the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
The United Nations General Assembly will hold a thematic debate on drugs and crime as a threat to development, Tuesday 26 June in New York.
The event, convened on the UN International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, highlights the impact of drugs and crime on poverty alleviation and the Millennium Development Goals, and discusses ways of improving the international community's coordinated efforts to address the adverse impact of drugs and crime on development.
At the forum, UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov will launch the 2012 World Drug Report.
We would like to draw attention to the message of the UN Secretary General, as announced today:
"Drug abuse and illicit trafficking continue to have a profoundly negative impact on development and stability across the world.
The billions of dollars generated from illicit drugs fuel terrorist activities and abet other crimes such as human trafficking and the smuggling of arms and people.
Illicit drugs and related criminal networks undermine the rule of law. And the impunity with which they go about their business causes tremendous fear and sows disillusion with governance at all levels.
(...)The drug, crime and corruption conventions of the United Nations form a solid basis for global solutions to these challenges. Together, these instruments offer a balanced approach to halt trafficking, promote viable alternatives to the farmers of cash crops, and offer drug users their health and human rights.
Our efforts to promote development and fight drugs and crime will be more effective if they are rooted in partnerships with the young, civil society, governments and the international community. Working together, we can alleviate the suffering of millions and break the hold of drugs and crime on countries, communities and families".
Monday, 11 June 2012 14:54
|ECAD invites you to join annul high level forum for international and Italian political bodies, media, artists and relevant international associations to increase awareness about harms to health, society and environment, caused by use, trafficking and production of drugs. The forum and ECAD seminar will take place on October 5-7, in San Patrignano, near Rimini, Italy.
Seminar Programme and General Information (PDF)
ECAD organizes separate seminarium about Prevention and Treatment on October 5, with internationally profiled experts and NGO with tight connections to UNESCO and ECOSOC, representatives working in 11 countries, developing innovative programmes and projects in the fields of education.
Join us and experience international WeFree Day at the largest therapeutic community, where independently verified recovery rates surpass 70%!
You may find interesting to join discussions about prevention and treatment, therapeutic communities and talk about the so called "normalisation of drugs".
This is a unique opportunity to share best practices among representatives of international and Italian institutions, to get educational opportunities in the TC model and to listen to international speakers. This year`s topics are drug addiction and youth social exclusion.
Your ideas and notions about recovery and treatment will be challenged as you will be given an opportunity to see the effects of rehabilitation, professional training and social reintegration when people are given a chance to start anew.
Please book to participate by sending Seminar Booking Form back to us via mail
(you scan the form and attach it to your mail) or fax (+46) 8 508 29 466.
NB: You should book your hotel room yourself, we have negotiated special rates at Hotel Feldberg for our guests, find the details in the Seminar Booking Form.
Scientific data show that drug addiction is increasing among the youth. It is crucial to infrorm them on risk vulnerability and threats, but this is not enough.
The current limit of prevention campaign is to be too informative and less engaging. The challenge of Peer to Peer education is to share stories who can speak to young minds through their hearts.
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 16:52
More than 320 people from all parts of the world gathered under these 3 days (21-23 May) of May in Stockholm to share ideas, knowledge and evidence in support of the global network of NGOs working in the spirit of UN conventions on drugs.
The Forum was opened by Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden, the Forum being under the patronage of Her Majesty.
The topics of the 3rd WFAD were:
Human Rights and the Rights of the Child to be protected from illicit drugs
Illicit drug use and trafficking problems of Latin America
Primary prevention and its role in drug policy.
ECAD is a member of WFAD and had an honour to moderate a special session on best practices in primary and secondary prevention.
These three days were filled with inspiration and networking, involvement of high profile policy-makers and young volunteers stating their support in favour of Recovery, Drug-Free reality and Youth that needs protection from drug use and drug trafficking.
These three words were also the key elements to summarize the discussions and statements of the forum, concluded today by Robert L. DuPont, a leader in drug abuse prevention and treatment in the USA for more than 30 years.
Drug-free is an objective reality and recovery is a striving for a better and more honest life with fulfillment. All of us, wishing a brighter future for the youth acknowledge that it is our responsibility to intervene and to stop drug abuse. "The Forum is a growing community that shares the vision, the Mission - to deal with a huge problem of exposure to powerful drugs, it is our responsibility", said Robert DuPont.
The 3rd Forum resulted in a Joint Statement For a humane and balanced drug policy (Download PDF) signed by representatives of Italy, Russian Federation, Sweden, United Kingdom and the USA.
2012 marks the centennial of the adoption of the first International Opium Convention (Hague, 1912). High representative of 5 mentioned countries expressed their engagement in a balanced approach to a global drug problem, combining effective enforcement to restrict the supply of drugs with efforts to reduce demand and build recovery, supporting people to live a life free from addiction.
Recognizing the right of everyone to enjoyment of the highest possible physical and mental health, which includes the right to be protected from drug abuse, the leaders of these countries stated that they were clearly determined to rise to this challenge.
Monday, 14 May 2012 17:20
XIXth Mayors´ Conference in Killarney, co-hosted by the Swedish municipality of Staffanstorp, will be remembered by ECAD members with warmest gratitude and by all other conference participants hopefully as a great success.
His Excellency Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of Iceland and the Patron of pan-European drug prevention programme Youth in Europe honoured the conference with his presence and accepted ECAD Lifetime Achievement Award. His Excellency has since many years been committed to the fight against drugs and to drug prevention.
President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson spoke bluntly about primary victims of the most profitable industry in the world, young people in each city, every day subject to killings by illicit drug industry and its´ servants.
ECAD Annual Award (2011) went to SanPatrignano Recovery Community in Italy, gracefully accepted by Monica Luppi (picture below), one of the excellent speakers at the conference.
Conference Materials will be published on ecad.net in the nearest days. Please return for updates!
Conference hosts and organizers with the President of Iceland. In the front row (sitting left to right):
Michael Sandin, Mayor of Staffanstorp, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of Iceland, Sean Counihan, Mayor of Killarney and Jim Corr, ECAD Chairman.
Friday, 04 May 2012 14:59
|Dear Conference participants,
we hope you have booked your flights and reserved hotel by now, as a very interesting programme awaits all who comes to the 19th Mayors´ Conference.
We have invited high-skilled professionals and researchers, a whole conference day will be devoted to cannabis discussions, you will enjoy beautiful surroundings and lots of genuine Irish music.
Download Conference Programme (PDF)
WELCOME TO KILLARNEY!
Thursday, 19 April 2012 11:14
|ECAD visited member city of Kaunas, Lithuania, on April 17th this week.
Kaunas municipality has always been a role model in ECAD, and this visit resulted in plans for activities for 2012 and 2013.
ECAD director and project manager met Kaunas vice Mayor Stanislovas Buškevičius, and a group of municipal officers, Mr.Antanas Bagdonas, Head of Education and Training Division, Lina Borisevičienė, International Relations and Protocol Division Chief Specialist as well as Mrs. Rasa Šerpytriene, Kaunas A. Žikevičius Safe Child School, Tautvydas Zikaras, Director of Kaunas County Center for Addictive Disorders and Virginijus Mažeika, Director of Education and Cultural Affairs Board.
Vice Mayor Stanislovas Buškevičius (standing in the picture) was concerned about the role of alcohol and tobacco marketing, preventative work in the city and discussions with city officials focused on challenges to improve knowledge among politicians in other cities as well as
the ways of spreading good ideas on how to work so that as few as possible get involved in drugs.
ECAD plans to carry out an international ECAD conference in Kaunas in the spring of 2013.
The exact dates are yet to be decided; among proposed conference topics were cooperation with twin cities of Kaunas, comparing drugs, tobacco and alcohol consumption trends, as a part of Youth in Europe questionnnaire findings and leisure activities for children as prevention measures, national and local initiatives.
The city of Kaunas has demonstrated genuine interest in prevention and is taking an active position in ECAD as it leads the drug prevention work in the country by setting examples of effecient local prevention work not only in Lithuania but also in the EU. A role model of this scale is Kaunas Zhikevichius Safe Child School, focused on health and safety issues for children between 7 and 18, providing preventative courses for app. 5000 schoolchildren in Kaunas.
ECAD thanks Kaunas Municipality and especially Lina Borisevičienė for an exceptionally well-organized visit and a warm welcome in Kaunas!
Left to right: Jörgen Svidén, ECAD Director, Antanina Medvedeviene, Kaunas city Councilor and Lina Boriseviciene, Kaunas International Relations Division chief specialist by Kaunas Castle.