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54th session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) was held 21 - 25 of March. As a part of dynamic NGO community at the CND session in Vienna, ECAD was present at a number of significant events last week.

CND is a functional arm of ECOSOC (UN Economic and Social Council) created to report and advise on all aspects of narcotic drugs` control, to add or remove drugs from international control under the UN Conventions. 53 members of CND are elected for 4 years among the UN member countries, all in all they comprise main policy-making body within the UN system on drug control. Not all of the CND meetings are open for the general public, also, only NGOs accredited by ECOSOC can be present at the CND and observe. 

Read more: ECAD at the 54th CND session in ViennaRead more: ECAD at the 54th CND session in ViennaThis session, Swedish Minister of Children and the Elderly, Mrs Maria Larsson made an engaging presentation at the CND Plenary Session, stressing obligations of the UN member countries to protect children from drugs and drug abuse.

Article 33 of the Convention of the Rights of the Child (to be protected from narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances) was brought up by the Minister and many discussions followed that in NGO-led side events.
San Patrignano and Wired-In made a great success presentation on Recovery and Stephan Dahlgren and Roxana Stere invited by WFAD had valid and strong arguments at VNGOC side event on the Right of the Child to be protected from drugs from the human right and international law perspective.

 Minister Maria Larsson met personally NGO representatives from Africa, Latin America, Australia, USA and Europe later the same day, to note and to deal with their concerns on the ministerial level afterwards.

Read more: ECAD at the 54th CND session in ViennaAs a part of Vienna NGO Committee (VNGOC), ECAD and other Committee Board officers had a key role organizing NGO participation at the CND and informing new NGOs about the contribution they could make. This year NGOs were particularly active and many travelled a long way to have their voice heard and present their new publications at the CND. 

To make their presence more efficient and to get the guidance of the event many "newcomers" made the right step by joining Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs (ECAD has a seat in the Board of the Committee).

VNGOC organised three informal dialogues this year, with new Executive Director of UNODC, Mr. Yury Fedotov, new Chair of the CND, Mrs. Veronika Kuchynova Smigolova and with the head of the INCB, Prof. Hamid Ghodse.

UNODC Executive Director answered plenty of questions coming from NGO representatives and most interesting questions and responses will be published at ECAD website soon

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On February 21 Vilnius Municipal Government organized an international conference titled as ”Youth without drugs: how could we help?”Read more: Vilnius talks about youth without drugs

The Conference was arranged by ECAD Advisory Board members for the City of Vilnius Mrs. Daiva Zelviene and Dr. Saulius Caplinskas.

The focus group was social pedagogues, public health specialists and other practitioners working with the youth and the conference gathered over hundred participants, including other Lithuanian cities such as Klaipeda, Kaunas, also Minsk, Belarus, Reykjavik, Iceland and Stockholm, Sweden.

Read more: Vilnius talks about youth without drugs

 There were many interesting speakers, Lithuanian Vice-Minister of Health, Mr. Audrius Klisonis, Mrs. Natalija Zhukova from Minsk and Mr. Jón Sigfusson, researcher from Iceland.
ECAD’s director Jörgen Svidén gave a speech about successful drug policies in Europe.

ECAD appreciates the initiative of Vilnius municipality in arranging this qualitative conference and the unrelenting efforts in creating a better situation for our young citizens.


ECAD Advisory Board metin Cork, Ireland on February 4 to discuss ECAD activities for 2011.Read more: ECAD Advisory Board met in CorkThe meeting was fruitful and constructive with many good suggestions in making ECAD work more meaningful and efficient.
Beside positive budget and local offices` reports, one of the items on the agenda was an application of the city of Stavanger, Norway, to become a member of the Advisory Board.

Preparations for the annual conference in Varna, Bulgaria are in the full swing. Please follow our website that will be updated with general particulars on the accommodation, logistics, booking and registration in the coming days.

The city of Cork, the home town of Cllr. Jim Corr, ECAD Chairman, has arranged the meeting at the beautiful Cork City Council chambers.
Cllr. Michael O`Connell, Lord Mayor of Cork (picture, in the middle) expressed support and interest in ECAD work when he received AB members in his premises in the middle of a busy working day. 

 Advisory Board members were interested in local drug situation and drug policy developments in Cork. To inform on the local drug coordination activities and National Drugs Strategy structures, Local Drug Task Force Coordinator, Mr. David Lane was invited to the meeting.

ECAD Advisory Board thanks the City of Cork for its true engagement and generosity in providing every possibility to hold the most rewarding and informative meeting.


Januari 5-6 
Norwegian cities in ECAD held its yearly meeting in Drammen. ECAD Norway consists of the seven largest municipalities, which have a fruitful and inspiring national network.

 Apart from several exciting discussions and a stimulating speech from the Chairman Tore Opdal Hansen, the participants listened to some very interesting lectures with both national and international outlooks.

ECAD_i_DrammenECAD Norway is a very good example of how to use the membership in ECAD to create national networks, not only between cities, but also among politicians, experts and practitioners.

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Director General
in Oslo City Council Bjørg Månum Andersson, ECAD director Jörgen Sviden and Mayor of  Drammen Tore Opdal Hansen)

Read more about ECAD meeting in Norway here.

Drug-secure Russian cities: from national security to people’s security

By Lana Willebrand, journalist and seminar participant

In the end of November, the Regional office of ECAD conducted a seminar on drug-secure communities. The seminar was advertised through the ECAD Russia home page www.ecad.ru and was aimed at the Russian-speaking countries. ECAD regional office in Russia, which works in tight collaboration with the St. Petersburg State University has a long tradition of, and specializes in, research and practice seminars. ECAD members, invited experts  (Russian and foreign) and all interested gather at least once a year at this university to discuss different aspects of anti-drug policies. 400x300_zazulin_webb

 This year, the focus was on the concept of people’s security in regard to illicit drugs misuse and drug-related criminality. The point of departure for the discussion was an understanding that the anti-drug activities of the authorities have to turn towards the needs of the citizens to feel protected from the narcothreats which directly endanger their lives and health.

 Namely, the threats which are posed by mercenary and violent crimes committed by the drug abusers whom the Russian state is not able to compel to rehabilitation; and by involvement of children into drug misuse at their schools or recreational places.

This seminar is a continuation of a series of educational activities which were conducted on a regular basis while ECAD ran in cooperation with the St. Petersburg State University a master program for drug control managers (drug coordinators). This master program has as its scientific basis a new discipline of narcoconflictology.

 ‘Conflict’ is a key-concept for analysis of drug policies and drug reality. Drug conflicts are being distinguished and recognized on all levels, from local to global; conflict shows how illicit drugs find their way into population; it explains the importance of drug prevention and prevention of drug-related crimes on the streets of our cities.

The academic clang to the conflict approach which could be heard here is not intended to scare away visitors of the ECAD homesite; on the contrary, it aims to show that there is a clear, comprehensive and easy-to-grasp theory behind a successful drug policy which is  - yes! - narcoconflictology.
Development of this discipline and its transformation from the master program linked to one university to internet-based courses available for all ECAD members regardless of their location is led by Georgy Zazulin (picture), PhD in law, ECAD Director in Russia, and his network. 

ECAD is grateful to all who put their time, energy and money into this educational and vital project, above all – the St. Petersburg State University in general and the department of conflictology in particular, and the Swedish Carnegie Institute.



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.


and 6th World Forum Against Drugs

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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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Warm welcome to Kaunas, Lithuania!

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.