Malta_PressConf  Gozo
At the Press Conference, presiding left to right: Jim Corr,      Location of the next ECAD Mayors Conference is
ECAD Chairman, Dr. Chris Said, Junior Minister for       the island of Gozo, Malta
 Public Dialogue and Information and
Zammit, Mayor of Pembroke City Council

The autumn meeting of ECAD Advisory Board took place in Malta, September 25.

 Due to economic difficulties in many municipalities the Board members met only twice this year. AB received additional support from the executive branch of city administration in St. Petersburg, Russia, and welcomed its new member, Leonid P. Bogdanov, Chairman of St. Petersburg Committee for public safety and law enforcement, to the Board.

The Board reflected on the ways of making ECAD work more effective and comprehensively offensive in the long run. ECAD`s newly launched website will be a handy tool making contacts and cooperation between practitioners and key persons in ECAD cities smoother and faster.

ECAD is bound to launch a new technically up-to-date website, we are looking forward to it this October!

Maltese government has demonstrated willingness to assist in organising ECAD 17th Mayors Conference on the Island of Gozo in April, 2010. Local mass media enlightened the plans at the Press Conference, where Dr. Chris Said, Junior Minister for Public Dialogue and Information welcomed ECAD guests to Malta next spring.

Pembroke City Council and its Mayor, Joe Zammit has shown genuine engagement in ECAD work, and Maltese local councils in general have been very active members of ECAD. ECAD highly appreciates this support and expresses gratitude about the proposal to host the next annual conference on this beautiful island.

Frukt  Oasi
Joe Zammit of Pembroke City Council                             At Oasi Foundation
shows his guests local specialties, tropical fruits

Later the Board visited Oasi Foundation on the Island of Gozo. Support and care for those in need of treatment from all over Malta, Gozo Citadel, unique natural resources and climate - all welcome you to Gozo next spring.

From left: Patrik Runensson, Staffanstorp, Marcus Häggström and
Mattias Benke, Söderhamn, Carina Dahl, Chairperson ECAD Sweden

ECAD continues working and networking!

In his August chronicle, ECAD Director looks back at his first year in charge of the organisation. You find it in the menu to the left.


On September 14-15, a productive and interesting conference on primary drug prevention among young people took place in Tallinn. The conference materials are available under “Conference papers”.


The ECAD Advisory Board met on September 25 in Malta which will host the ECAD 17th Mayors’ Conference in April 2010. The preparations for this highest ECAD event have thus started.


ECAD has took part in the World Congress on Addictions “Experiences based on evidence”

Which took place in Mexico City on September 23 – 25, 2009. We have expressed our full support to the Declaration launched at the Panel “International Networks: Call to Action”. In this Declaration, the representatives of a large number of international networks of civil society around the world “call to action to all the involved actors, the governments, the institutions, the massive media, the scientific community, the legislator and the civil society in general to mobilize political will in favour of prevention and the application of all the necessary resources to stop marihuana legalization”.


Click here to read the Declaration.            


The ECAD representatives participate in the St. Petersburg International Congress of Conflictologists on September 30 – October 12. ECAD through its Regional office in Russia has actively worked during the last 8 years to establish the concept of drug conflictoligy in Russia. Today, in co-operation with the St. Petersburg State University ECAD offers a Master Programme for drug co-ordinators. The drug conflictology approach serves as a scientific basis for this educational programme.


The ECAD Sweden network met in Staffanstorp-Helsingborg for its annual conference on September 23-25. The Irish city of Killarney contributed to strengthening relationships between Sweden and Ireland in regard to experience exchange and development of anti-drug fieldwork.

ECAD Sweden Network has an established tradition to mark the best anti-drug work conducted by a network’s member with a Challenge Prize. This year the prize (see picture) went to a city of Söderhamn. The city’s deliberate concentration on the needs of the youth along with the development of an anti-drug political programme has drawn national attention to this relatively small town. The many projects which are now running have their ground in a fact that the politicians actively responded to a restlessness noticed among young people and deliberately targeted youth as the primary group for the development of the city.


We are also happy to announce that the updated and refreshed ECAD homesite will be launched in the middle of October. Meanwhile you might experience some difficulties following some links or downloading files from our site. We beg your pardon for any inconvenience that might occur during this transitional period.



Coat_of_arms_TallinnTallinn City Government and ECAD publish Conference Papers on
Methods, Results and Effects for Successful Primary Prevention Programmes for Young People
Tallinn, Estonia, 14-15 September 2009

Have a look at the CONFERENCE MATERIALS here!


Old City of Tallinn

5-6 February 2009, Göteborg, Sweden 

ECAD Annual Mayors Conference coincided with the II World Mayors Conference this year to offer stronger support for the UN Conventions on the verge of the High Level Segment Meeting and the 52 Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs early in March 2009.

Among the conference speakers was:


  • 6-7 November 2008, St.Petersburg, Russia
    Countering narcotics and organised crime in the Baltic Sea region (Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden, Latvia and Russia).
    Concluding conference organized by Institute for Security and Development Policy (ISDP) and ECAD.
    We will discuss drug situation in the countries concerned, new crime trends and drug related corruption as an obstacle in international and local drug enforcement cooperation.
    For more information (in English, Swedish or Russian) please contact us by e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • 30-31 October 2008, Stavropol, Russia
    Drug situation on municipal level: under control or defeated? : Russian member cities exhange experiences
    For Russian memers of ECAD
    You will find Conference Programme and other related materials (in Russian only) under "Links/ECAD Russia" in the menu to the left.

  • 2-3 October 2008, Umeå, Sweden
    Norrland: A drug-free region?: ECAD Sweden Annual Conference
    For Swedish memers of ECAD
    You will find Conference Programme and other related materials (in Swedish only) under "Links/ECAD Sweden" in the menu to the left. 
  • 10-11 December, 2007 St. Petersburg, Russia
    Conference for the Law Enforcement agencies around the Baltic Sea,
    in cooperation with the Swedish Governmental Committee Mobilisation Against Drugs 
  • 22-23 November, 2007, Stavropol, Russia
    ECAD Russian Network Conference:
    Family and Drugs abuse 

18-19 October 2007, Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Conference held by the Steering Committee of Youth in Europe
    Youth in Europe - a drug prevention programme
    Read the Programme here 
  • 4-5 October 2007, Gothenburg, Sweden
    ECAD Swedish Network Conference:
    Organised crime and reduction of illicit drugs availability
  • 20 September 2007, Milan, Italy
    Strategy, Management and Communication Against Drug Addiction


  • 10 September 2007, Island of Gotland, Sweden
    Time for Children -
    children in a risky zone of drug abuse must be viewed as a national priority

10-11 May 2007
14th ECAD Mayors'Conference
Istanbul, Turkey

Also available from the ECAD office:

  • Documentation of the Regional conference Düsseldorf / Germany
    March 26-27, 2001
  • Conference papers of the Eighth Mayor's Conference Belfast / Northern Ireland June 14-16, 2001
    "Europe's Drug Trade, Consequences and Solutions"



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 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

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)


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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.

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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
Picture: @Rokas Tenys

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.