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ECAD 25th Mayors Conference and the 6th WFAD Forum gathered together almost 400 participants from 45 countries, a network of networks indeed.
After 2 Conference days infused with the latest research on the risks of adolescent heavy use of marijuana, the reasons why endocannabinoids are present in many organs of our bodies and in the blood, and inspired by the importance of empowering the young in prevention, ECAD and WFAD are working on publishing the conference materials for you.
The amount of information covered both the atbt (Actions To Be Taken) according to the scientifically based recovery strategies in communities and the launch of the updated International Standards on Drug Prevention, with a powerful focus on individual, not on drugs.
We will provide you with the conference materials in the nearest days, simply visit www.wfadecad2018.se
ECAD thanks warmly the City of Gothenburg for the immense support and hospitality! We would like to extend our particular thanks to Ann-Sofie Hermansson, the Chair of the Executive Board and Marina Johansson, the City Councillor and the Chair of ECAD Sweden.
And our most cordial gratitude goes to Ove Lundgren, Development Manager of the Social Resource and Knowledge pool (Kunskapskällar`n) at the City of Gothenburg.
Here come some pictures from the Conference reception on May 13 and the inauguration on May 14.
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Please note that the accommodation date at the venue hotel for the joint conference - 25th Mayors` Conference and 6th World Forum Against Drugs on May 14-15 in Gothenburg, Sweden, is prolonged until April 11, 2018.
Hotel Elite Park Avenue at Kungsportsavenyn 36-38, is the Conference venue. It has now a prolonged booking deadline until April 11 at a specially negotiated price for ECAD/WFAD guests.
To book your hotel accommodation there, please go to the Conference/ Forum registration page.
The Conference is a joint project between ECAD, World Federation Against Drugs and the Swedish network of NGOs against drugs, and consists of 3 conferences in one.
The conference plenary sessions will be concurrent. One track of the sessions will be held in Swedish and will tackle specific Swedish areas.
The city of Gothenburg has a lot of hotels to your avail. The Conference/Forum organizers suggest Comfort Hotel Gothenburg at Skeppsbroplatsen 1 and a cheaper alternative, Le Mat B&B, just around the corner from the Conference Venue.
Don`t forget to register for the conference too. Please use the joint event webpage to register for the conference.
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What happened and can it be repeated elsewhere?
On friday the 23th of February, ECAD was invited to another Island, Gotland in middle of the Baltic Sea to speak about how that island can be made drug free. Jon Sigfusson, director of Icelandic Center for Social and Research Analysis gave a presentation to local governments and civil society organisations on how continous and evidence based primary prevention have revolutionized the conditions for children growing up on Iceland.
The model is being exported to othe European countries since 2006 and has in 2017 gained worldwide attention through BBC documentary and articles in more than 40 newspapers. ECAD cities and municipalitites can do many things to improve the way the organize their preventative work.
Two opportunities to do so are in May 14-15 at ECADs 25th Mayors Forum in Gothenburg and at a workshop on methodology in Reykjavik in May 30-31.
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Location: Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura, Reykjavik, Iceland
Dates: May 30th and 31st, 2018
Times: 09:00 - 16:00 both days
Optional Study Visits: 1st of June 12:00 to 16:00
Light lunches included both days + coffee and snacks during breaks
Fee: €480 per person
The workshop will provide an overview of the Icelandic Model of Substance Use Prevention. Emphasis will be laid on both the scientific pillars underlying the model, as well as practical applications.
The workshop fee does not include airfare or accommodation
For more information visit Planet Youth website
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What can cities do to lighten the burden of drug addiction on the affected individuals, their families and communities?
One of the coming ECAD Mayors` Conference segments will address this issue. There is a need to provide a forum for developing a vision what a recovery city will look like. This implies bringing together the main stakeholders (e.g. city council officials, public and private organisations, civil society, etc.) and creating a room for cooperation.
Sheffield Hallam University (UK), Ghent University (Belgium) and the City of Gothenburg have started to outline how a recovery city would look like in practice.
In order to find out more and to obtain all the practical information you can now visit a new webpage here.
and 6th World Forum Against Drugs
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
Text to the slides (PDF)
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)
Photo: Götaplatsen @ Klas Eriksson
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.
MAYORS` CONFERENCE 2017
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
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)
CONFERENCE PROGRAMME (PDF)
FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT (PDF)
Conference Booking Form
Picture: @Rokas Tenys
Warm welcome to Kaunas, Lithuania!