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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.

(Picture left to right:
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.


November 6-11

ECAD’s director Jörgen Svidén visited Portugal and the cities Villa Real Sant Antonio and Mafra. The purpose of the trip was mainly to participate as a key note speaker in a Conference organized by the city of Mafra; Prevencão Do Consumo De Drogas.Preveno_do_Consumo_de_Drogas_13

Thanks to ECAD’s close collaborator, Director of APLD, Dr. Manuel Pinto Coelho, it turned out to include a lot more than that. Besides important and fruitful discussions with Dr. Pinto Coelho, he had arranged so that the city of Villa Real Sant Antonio got introduced to ECAD.
This resulted in Villa Real Sant Antonio and Mafra becoming new members of ECAD at a ceremony in the city, all in front of media representatives and local politicians.

The very well organized Conference in Mafra was a success, not the least because it ended with great support for a restrictive and humane policy and that Mafra decided to become members of ECAD. ECAD and Mafra have cooperated for some years and there have been discussions about membership, so it is with great pleassure that the city now have decided to fully participate in our organization.

 ECAD is proud to welcome our first Iberian cities to the extensive network!


During the stay in Portugal it was also a meeting with representatives from Dianova and discussions about having an ECAD-conference in Portugal in 2011.

More information on that will come.

November 18-19

ECAD Swedish network of cities held its annual Conference in Stockholm.

There were several interesting lectures on some of Stockholm’s activities concerning illicit drugs: Housing first, preventive measures etc.
The participants met a newly appointed Deputy Mayor and ECAD’S new Advisory Board member Anna Köning Jerlmyr, who made a short presentation and heard about organisational activity plans for 2011 from ECAD’s director Jörgen Svidén.

ECAD Sweden has also decided that, besides Markus Häggström, Eva Andersson, Patrik Runesson and Marie Ljungberg-Schött should be re-elected to the Board. A new member, Dario Espiga, Deputy Mayor from Göteborg, was elected.
ECAD Sweden members have, among others issues taken up the task to develop the Swedish ECAD member cities` international contacts.
The Swedish ECAD network Annual Award was given to the IOGT youth activity JUNIS, in Umeå. The Board of ECAD Sweden is grateful for active iterest and engagement of this member cityin the preventive work!

ECAD Sweden will meet next year in Borås.

September 8-11

Read more: ECAD visit to SanPatrignano 
ECAD visit to Italy started with a seminar in Riccione, close to Rimini. Swedish ambassador to Vienna, Mr. Hans Lundborg, gave an impressing overview on work against drugs and drug misuse in European arena, with a focus on the work carried out in the United Nations (UNODC). This included some interesting discussion among the 50 participants.

Read more: ECAD visit to SanPatrignano

Read more: ECAD visit to SanPatrignano

The Seminar was followed by a visit to San Patrignano and their WeFree Day. This is San Patrignano’s  biggest annual event with high level international speakers, workshops and other activities.

 Among the speakers was Fabrizio Gandini, Minister for Justice in Italy, Honourable Franco Frattini and Viviane Reading, EU Commissioner. ECAD participated in the many events arranged in the Community and we were all impressed and satisfied.

ECAD’s seminar also included a round tour in San Patrignano, where the different working places were showed, as well as good opportunities to interrogate the management and people living in the Community with a number of questions.

San Patrignano is an impressive and very successful treatment facility with some 1 800 former addicts, living together for long term residence. Since 1978, San Patrignano has taken in over 18,000 people, offering them a home, healthcare, legal assistance, and the opportunity to study, learn a job, change their lives, and regain their status as full members of society. San Patrignano welcomes all young men and women who have serious drug abuse problems, regardless of ideology, social background, or religion, and completely free of charge, accepting no payment or funding from their families or the government.

Read more: ECAD visit to SanPatrignano

ECAD plan to arrange a Conference close to San Patrignano even next year, 2011.


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: https://2022.wfad.se/ and access the full report here
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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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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.