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.

26th Mayors Conference - Cork 2019



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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 Conference Booking Form

@ Rokas Tenys, the Kaunas Castle

Kaunas Castle
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Warm welcome to Kaunas, Lithuania!

The 23 ECAD Mayors Conference in Stavanger is affected by the strike in Norweigan Hotel chains. The venue and the accomodation is changed but the conference will be held as planned. 

Participants are being rebooked to hotels Thon Hotel MaritimeKongsgaten 32, Stavanger and  Scandic ForumGunnar Warebergs Gate 17, Stavanger. 

You will be informed in a separate email during the afternoon to which of the two hotel you are being rebooked.

In order to make it easier for you to find the Conference venue (Eiganesveien 64) , Welcome Reception on Sunday (at Ledaal, Eiganesveiein 45), Conference Dinner  on Monday (at Olavskleivå 25, Klubben), and Skagenkaien for the Boat Tour on Wednesday we have prepared a map for you down here (klick on the map).

Conference Venue, Eiganesveien  64 is pinpointed.

Read more: Programme for the 23 Mayors Conference

Klick here to open the map:  Conference logistics

For all details regarding the program and venue of the conference please see the attached programme in pdf

A warm welcome to Stavanger!


ECAD Mayors`Conference 2016 will take place on May 9-10 in Stavanger, Norway.

Proactivity beats Reactivity : Examining the evidence for sound drug prevention in our cities

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Read more: Presentations from the 22th ECAD Mayors Conference now available

The 22th ECAD Mayors Conference was held in Malta on the 11th and 12th of May 2015.  The conference theme was how we can prepare ambitous and comprehensive drug policies in our cities and nations in preparation for UNGASS 2016. The presentations given during the conference aimed to shed light on various aspects of the drug problem and give practical examples on how our cities can better adress their drug problems ahead.  

#1 Global Drug Policy Choices: Our Answer to UNGASS 2016 and Beyond

Linda Nilsson Secretary General of World Federation Against Drugs

#2 Exploring the Social, Legal, and Neurodevelopmental Impacts of Cannabis Use: A Colorado Perspective 

Sean LeNoue, MD, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow (CR-2),
Chief Resident, Denver Health Medical Centre, University of Colorado, Department of Psychiatry

# 3 Escaping the Security Dilemma: Fostering a Discussion on Drugs and Organized Crime Based on Evidence and not Slogans

Angela Me, Chief, Research and Trend Analysis Branch, United
Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

#4 How Cities can Work Together in Prevention: Experiences from the Three Cities Project in Sweden

Therese Holmkvist, Project Manager, and Anders Eriksson, Development Manager, Social Development Unit, Social Affairs Administration, City of Stockholm,

# 5 Drug Policy Futures: What is ECAD doing to Influence Drug Policy Ahead?

Erik Leijonmarck, Secretary General ECAD

# 6 The Role of the State in the Prevention of Substance Misuse and Rehabilitation of Drug Users

Alfred Grixti, CEO, Foundation for Social Welfare, Malta

#7 Science before Action: The Importance of Evidence in Prevention

Jón Sigfusson, M.Ed., Master of Public Health and Education, BA,
Director of celandic Centre for Social Research and
Analysis, Director of Youth in Europe Project

#8 An Alternative to Imprisonment for Criminal Drug Addicts: The Norwegian Drug Court Model

Ingunn Seim, Lawyer, Leader of the Drug Treatment Court project
in Bergen, Norway

# 9 Environmental Catastrophe: Drug Producers and Traffickers are Major Polluters around the World 

Walter Kegö, Senior Fellow, Institute for Security and Development Policy,

May 11-12, 2015, hosted by Swieqi Local Council, Malta

"Building towards a comprehensive and ambitious drug policy
In preparation for UNGASS 2016"


Preparations for the 22nd ECAD Mayors Conference hosted by Swieqi Local Council, Malta are in the full swing. Save May 10-12, 2015 for professional networking in Malta!
Conference programme is being set up at the moment and ECAD will continuously update you on the latest details. 

The Grand Hotel Excelsior, a 5-star hotel in Valetta is the Conference Venue. The hotel is situated in the capital of Malta, the city of Valetta which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It can boast with magnificent accomodation, breathtaking views of Marsamxett harbour and Manoel Island and also allows for easy travel to all parts of the Maltese islands.

Programme Highlights (PDF)

 Conference Booking Form (Word)

Hotel Booking Form (Word)

21st ECAD Mayors`Conference, May 19-21, 2014
Hosted by the City of Stockholm
Download Conference Programme (PDF) here 

ECAD prepares for you a nice document folder with the detailed conference programme, an invitation to the buffet dinner at the Stockholm City Hall, speaker biographies, Stockholm map and latest ECAD publications. All the printed materials will be for your avail by the conference hall, if you need an extra copy.

As a registered ECAD Mayors´ Conference participant this year you contribute to the work of a small non-profit NGO "Maskrosbarn" that offers support for teenagers growing up with parents having addiction problems or mental illnesses. "Maskosbarn" (or Dandelion children in English) arrange camps, hold lecture and activities for youth all over Sweden. Your contribution is a small sum that is traditionally used for purchasing giveaway pins, pencils or any other unnecessary items. You will receive a certificate of appreciation for your support to Maskrosbarn in your document folder.

Read more: 21st ECAD Mayors` Conference