ECAD's activities from year to year culminate in the annual ECAD Mayors Conference, hosted by a distinct ECAD member city every summer. Councillors and other politicians and policymakers convene with academics and civil society organizations to participate in seminars and study visits, discussing the latest developments in drug prevention efforts throughout Europe.

27th Mayors Conference - Gothenburg and online 2022

The 27th Mayors' Conference and 8th World Forum took place in Gothenburg and online 13-14th June 2022.

The World Forum and Mayor’s Conference is a meeting place for people from all continents who are working to prevent drug abuse, ensure evidence-based and gender-sensitive practices, increase access to treatment, and to promote recovery and reintegration services. This global forum is one of its kind where NGOs, self-help groups, treatment centres, scholars, local, regional, and national authorities, politicians and other decision-makers, and others from around the world will meet to share evidence and best practice experiences. This year’s World Forum will include three main tracks: Prevention, Treatment/Recovery, and Advocacy, which will stretch over 1,5 days followed by the WFAD Congress and ECAD Mayors plenary session. 

We are proud to announce that the Forum was inaugurated by UNODC Executive Director Ghada Waly and will be joined by experts from around the world.

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and 6th World Forum Against Drugs

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Conference materials

Kevin Sabet, PhD, Director, Drug Policy Institute, University of Florida, President, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), USA
Speech at the WFAD /ECAD 25th Mayors Conference, Gothenburg, May 15, 2018 (Video 5min.)

Supply reduction in Peril?  A lot of the worlds`s drug supply emanates from a war-torn Columbia.
Dr. Michael Jonsson, FOI, Swedish Defence Research Agency

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In Columbia, a peace deal has been struck, which gives hope for a closure of insurgency and violence. (PDF)

Thomas Pietschmann, Dr, Drug Research Section, Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs
The International drug control system, global/regional and national drug patterns and trends, and supply reduction efforts at the international level (PDF)


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Annual Mayors` Conference and the 6th World Forum Against Drugs will take off on May 14-15 in Gothenburg this year.
This joint event will address a growing interest to the effective prevention practices, full recovery and alternatives to incarceration and to life-long dependency on drug treatment.
The conference will create a room for elaborating a practical guide to how a recovery city will look like, this will be grounded on the recent evidence-based research.
Sheffield Hallam University (UK), Ghent University (Belgium) and the City of Gothenburg have already started working on this guide in practice.

In order to find out more and to register please visit a joint webpage here.

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ECAD 24th Mayors` Conference materials

On June 12-13, the city of Kaunas hosted ECAD 24th Annual Mayors`s Conference 2017

Safe Cities Without Drugs. Preventing, Protecting, Policing

Key-note speakers:

David W. Spencer, Field intelligence Manager, Drug Enforcement Agency, European Region

Supply reduction and dismantling drug trafficking organizations: In what ways can local communities benefit (PDF)

Kim Nilvall, Swedish National Bureau of Investigation, Intelligence section, Organized crime

Police work in socially disadvantaged areas in Sweden: Impact of drugs on urban crime (PDF)

 Torsten Stodiek, Deputy Head, Strategic Police Matters Unit, Community Policing Advisor, Transnational Threats Department, OSCE

Preventing terrorism and countering violent extremism and radicalisation that lead to terrorism:

A community and intelligence led policing approach (PDF)

Jon Sigfusson, Director for Icelandic Centre of Social Research and Analysis, Reykjavik University, ICSRA

Youth in Europe and Planet Youth (PDF)

Laimonas Vasiliauskas, Senior Specialist, Serious and Organized Crime Department, EUROPOL

European Illicit Drug Market (PDF)

 Antonio Boscini, Health Director, San Patrignano Community, Rimini, Italy

Recovery and social reinsertion: San Patrignano Community model extended (PDF)

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Kaunas Castle
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Warm welcome to Kaunas, Lithuania!

   Read more: 2012 ECAD Mayors´ Conference - First Announcement killarney_town

ECAD member cities, Killarney in Ireland and Staffanstorp in Sweden will co-host XIX Mayors Conference this year. The two cities met through ECAD and we regard this fact as an exellent example of cooperation for the same cause.

ECAD XIX Mayors Conference topic is Cooperation in practice - a broader perspective. Two city Chancellors invite you to the Town of Killarney on May 9 - 12, 2012 where you can find out how international cooperation in practice makes a difference on community level.

Download invitation letter and ECAD annual Mayors Conference announcement below:

First Announcement (PDF)

ECAD is happy to announce the dates for the XIX annual Mayors´ Conference, May 9-12, 2012 in Killarney, Ireland.
A twin-city of Killarney, Staffanstorp of Sweden, will be co-hosting the conference, which is wonderful illustration of city cooperation in common areas of concern.

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Welcome to ECAD international conference in Veliky Novgorod, Russia, on September 15-16, 2011!

The winner City of ECAD Award for 2010, the City of Veliky Novgorod in Russia invites all interested to an international conference "Preventing drug addiction: How do we reduce drug demand in the first place?"

Experiences originated from Russian drug policy shifts will be mixed with international research on the value of local and regional prevention policies. 

Except for the most engaging presentations, the City of Veliky Novgorod has a great deal of history to offer. It is believed to be the place of the first ancient Russian settlements, the first capital of Russia ("Rus" in old Russian) founded by Rurik prince family and the origin place of Russian Vikings (called "varyags").  

Read more: Veliky Novgorod conference programme is now publishedVeliky Novgorod, city-winner of ECAD Award for 2010 will share its experience on drug prevention from an international perspective. It works!

Download conference programme for your convenience:

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Looking forward to our meeting in Veliky Novgorod!

Read more: Mayor's Conference In Varna

ECAD’s 18th Mayor’s Conference in Varna, Bulgaria, was a great success with some very interesting speakers and good social events. Annual Mayor’s Conference is an excellent opportunity to meet colleagues and others, strengthen already existing contacts and to make new ones.
 It is also a perfect moment to tighten our organization and last but not least to have some fun. It seemed that many participants took hold on these opportunities during the Conference.

ECAD warmly thanks all appreciated speakers, interested participants and the hosts in Varna. Without the organizers good sense of structure and assistance, the Conference would not have been as great as it was!

18th ECAD Mayors´ Conference, May 12-14, 2011
Venue: Hotel Iberostar Obzor Beach and Izgrev, Golden Sands
Minutes of ECAD Plenary Session, May 12, 2011, (PDF)
Minutes of ECAD Advisory Board meeting in Varna, May 11, 2011 (PDF)
Minutes of ECAD Advisory Board meeting in Riccione, October 14, 2011 (PDF)

Conference materials:

  • Kiril Yordanov, Mayor of Varna – Welcome address 
  • Jim Corr, Councillor, Chairman of ECAD
  • Yuri P. Fedotov, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime,UNODC, Director-General UNOV (UN Office in Vienna) – Video message 
  • Roland Simon, Head of Unit for Interventions, best practices and scientific partners, EuropeanMonitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction/EMCDDA
  • Hristo Bozov, Deputy Mayor for Social Affairs, Varna – ”Municipal Drug Policy”
  • Alfgeir Kristjansson, PhD, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Teachers College, Columbia University -”Youth in Europe: not a campaign but a quiet revolution”
  • Manuel Pinto Coelho, President, APLD, Association Drug Free Portugal – ” A new paradigmto treat the drug dependent”
  • Ingeborg Rossow, Professor, PhD, National Institute for Alcohol and Drug Research, Norway– ”Drug policy and the public good”
  • Ingvar Nilsson, Economist and Researcher, Institute for Socio-Ecological Economies, Sweden– ”Drug rehabilitation: a public cost or a a social investment with high profitability – theSwedish exprerinece”
  • Atanas Peev, Inspector, Drugs Department, Chief Directorate Combat with Organized Crime,Ministry of Interior, Bulgaria – ”The Balkan route of drug trafficking”
  • Svetlana Koeva, Director, Varna Drug Prevention Directorate, Bulgaria – ”Examples of goodpractices at municipal level programmes”


  • Ann-Cathrine Hjerdt, Mayor of Linköping, Sweden
  • Mario Calleja, Mayor of Marsaskala, Malta
  • Andreas Petrou, Mayor of Aglantzia, Cyprus
  • Odd Kristian Reme, Deputy Mayor, Stavanger, Norway


  • Eric Carlin, Birkbeck College, London, International Mentor Foundation and Wired-In, UK –”Building resilience: Prevention and Recovery”
  • Fabio Bernabei, Journalist, Rome, Italy – ”Italian drug policy: who is really in charge?”
  • Father Mikhail Manev, Varna Orthodox Centre for Spiritual Care of drug addicts, Bulgaria
  • Conclusions: Jim Corr, Chairman, ECAD

ECAD AWARD 2011 was issued to the City of Kristiansand, Norway 

Read more: 18th ECAD Mayors´ Conference

ECAD has instituted a yearly award for member cities, persons or organizations that have made remarkable achievements or have exercised successful activities in the work against illicit drugs. By the institution of this award, ECAD strives to encourage member cities, persons and organizations with engagement and commitment and to stimulate increased activities in our member cities. Every member city, as well as policy makers, civil servants, experts and voluntary actors in ECAD member cities are welcome to nominate candidates for the Award. Congratulations, Kristiansand!

Download Award Motivation (PDF)