Planet Youth is organising its annual conference between September 14th and 16th. During the three days, presentations by national and international keynote speakers from the global prevention community will be given. The conference is also an opportunity to network and get together.

The theme of the conference is: The core elements of Planet Youth, experiences from Planet Youth communities around the world, innovations and future steps of Planet Youth.

There are a limited number of seats. Therefore, it is advised to register to attend the Conference in person in Reykjavik in September.

Find more information on the Forum, and the agenda, and register on their website!

Read more: Planet Youth Conference 2022 – September 14th-16th
Read more: The 27th ECAD Mayors’ Conference
13th - 14th of June in Gothenburg, Sweden

Read more: The 27th ECAD Mayors’ Conference

ECAD in cooperation with 22 swedish organisations has formulated a joint proposition for a new alcohol and drug strategy for Sweden. What the future will hold and what the joint proposition will be was dicsussed at a webinar which can be seen here below.


ECAD organizes a digital seminar in its member city Borås on March 23 2021. 
The Conference will be held in Swedish be open to prevention workers, politicians, and treatment personel all across Sweden.

Down below you will find the program and information about the conference in swedish.

står bakom konferensen som riktar sig till dig som är engagerad i narkotikafrågan. Kommunanställda inom drog- och brottsförebyggande arbete, vård och behandling, anställda inom rättsväsendet, representanter från frivilligrörelserna och den breda allmänheten är välkomna att delta. Konferensen är kostnadsfri, men anmälan krävs.


Programmet utgår från konferensens fyra huvudinriktningar:
1) Hälsofrämjande och förebyggande
2) rättsvårdande och polisiära insatser
3) vård och behandling
4) folkrörelser och folkligt motstånd.

Hela programmet finns som ett dokument som du kan skriva ut.PDF

Vi förbehåller oss rätten till ändringar av programinnehåll samt reserverar oss för eventuella tryckfel.


Här samlar vi all praktisk information som du behöver veta inför Sverige mot narkotika.

Tisdag 23 mars 2021

Konferensen genomförs digitalt via zoom.

Anmälan och kostnad
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Konferensen är kostnadsfri, men anmälan krävs.

Sista anmälningsdatum: måndag 22 mars klockan 16.00

Länk till konferensen
Länk till konferensen mejlas ut senast måndag 22 mars 2021.

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Sverige mot narkotika är ett samarrangemang mellan ECAD-Sverige, Borås Stad, Länsnykterhetsförbundet Västra Götaland, S.L.A.N., Narkotikapolitiskt Center, RNS, SNPF, KSAN, AMD, WFAD, IOGT-NTO, KRIS och Unga KRIS.

ECAD is a long standing member of the European Commission expert and advisory group Civil Society Forum on Drugs (CSFD). The CSFD is a 45 member large advisory body on drugs to the European Commission consisting of members with various viewpoints and experiences with which to combat drugs and addiction.

Within the CSFD - ECAD, in line with our misson, always seeks to bring attention to all aspects of the drugs issue. Rangning from emphasizing prevention of initation of drug use to the full recovery from addiction including aftercare and meaningful re-integration into society of former offenders ECAD strives to promote an ambitious drug policy. Settling for less harmful sustention of drugs use is, in our opinion, not good enough.

During the fall of 2020 a number of papers and processes have been undertaken by the forum in which we have contributed to feeding into the processes of formulating a new EU drugs strategy 2021-2025, recommendations to classification of cannabis under the International Drug Classification system, and a position paper on vulnerable groups and drug demand reduction in the light of COVID.

ECAD has contributed and fed into the process but we are not always in agreement with the general conclusions or point of departure taken by the forum. 

During a digital seminar on October 22th drug policy in Europe was discussed by ECAD and several other European organisation such as IOGT-NTO, KSAN, WFAD and ACTIS





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.

Read more on the website: and access the report here

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

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Archives of ECAD's mailed newsletters from 2003 until 2013. To subscribe to ECAD's new email-based newsletter, click here.
Official ECAD mission statements in six different European languages.
The ECAD Resolution, crafted at a conference to increase cooperation between cities, provides inspiration and hope for areas with particularly difficult drug problems. The signatories to the resolution will affirm their decision to fight against the spread of drugs.