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During ECADs 25th Mayors Forum and the 6th World Forum Against Drugs in Gothenburg more than 60 speakers discussed topics related to the production, trafficking and consumption of illicit drugs to a 400 head large audience. One of our prominent speakers, Dr Vanda Felbab-Brown, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institute, presented her findings from international research on conflict areas, insurgencies, terrorism and organized crime to give an overview of the relationship between Organized Crime, Illicit Drugs and Terrorism.
Illicit drug production in weak states have enriched guerrillas, militias, organized crime groups, terrorist groups and corrupt governments alike. Violence, corruption and insecurity threaten the integrity and legitimacy of governments and their institutions.
Yet, it is not so easy as to equate tough drug control with increased levels of violence. The illicit drug trade is more violent in some parts of the world than others. What are the linkages between organized crime, drug trade and terrorism? What blame can be attributed to the so-called war on drugs and how should the vicious cycle of state fragility, conflict and weak rule of law be turned into a virtuous cycle of increased security and development?
What follows is a summary complied by ECAD Secretary General who moderated the event. Any mistakes in the text or discrepancies to what Vanda said shall be attributed to him.
Vandas speech can be viewed on Youtube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIE7E1KjnYc
A written compilation of Dr Felbab-Browns speech can be accessed here
Dr. Vanda Felbab-Brown received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her B.A. in Government from Harvard University, USA. Vanda Felbab-Brown is a Senior Fellow in the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings Institution, a non-profit public policy organization based in Washington, DC, as well as Director of the project 'Improving Global Drug Policy: Comparative Perspectives Beyond UNGASS 2016'. Vanda Felbab-Brown is an expert on international and internal conflicts and non-traditional security threats, including insurgency, organized crime, urban violence, and illicit economies as well as author to several books, policy reports, academic articles and opinion pieces.
Download the full commentary here
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The aim is to promote health and positive development of the youth through the effective evidence-based prevention of substance use in the cities of the BSR and to broaden the cooperation in the region.
The project is supported by the Swedish Development Agency, the Swedish Institute.
The Programme is grounded in the evidence-based Icelandic Model. Since 1998, the primary prevention program on Iceland has successfully reduced adolescent substance use levels in Reykjavik from the highest level in Europe to the lowest. Public safety has improved as well. The Icelandic model was fairly highlighted (click here to read) in the media and has a more than 20 years exerience to apply in practice for this Prevention Training programme.
This project is initiated as a response to the interest in the communities to strengthen their capacity to uphold primary prevention measures when working with the young. Project partners are 6 cities in the countries of the Baltic Sea region:
Tallinn in Estonia, Kaunas, Lithuania, Jurmala and Dobele in Latvia, Odessa, Ukraine, Minsk, Belarus and the city of Eskilstuna will host the fist project activity in Sweden on September 4-5.
Venue: Eskilstuna City Hall, Kommunfullmäktige salen (picture below)
Workshop agenda (PDF)
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Sustainable, healthy and safe communities - how to design a modern and ambitious drug control system
The world drug problem is solved locally. In every city, in every school and in every home.
On July 16-17th ECAD was presenting its findings to delegates at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe at the conference titled Combating the Threat of Illicit Drugs and the Diversion of Chemical Precursors, Vienna. ECAD spoke about the organsations work to counteract the European drug problem by drug demand reduction efforts aimed at environmental and primary prevention as well as the promotion of full recovery from addiction.
Drugs have been used for medicinal, religious and recreational purposes since dawn of men. But yesterday’s use shares little resemblance to today’s global drug markets. Commercialization and advances in chemistry and communications have profoundly altered the toxicity and speed with which drugs traverse our globe during the last century.
The global drug control system is being strained but is our best hope to counteract the devasting impact from illicit drugs. Regulations of legal drugs are not successful examples to follow. Community-based and scientifically grounded actions and interventions at local level that targets the causes for substance use as well as vulnerabilities to organized crime can make the world drug problem significantly smaller.
ECAD´s point of departure for its work are the following assumptions:
- Drugs are the most harmful when made legal and commercially promoted
- Levels of drugs use can be addressed
- Drug addiction is in most cases a recoverable condition
- Adress vulnerabilities to organized crime to mitigate harms from the drug trade
The message of our presentation was that countries should adhere to the international principles to which they have already signed, i.e defend the integrity of the drug control conventions. Countries (Canada) that unilaterally breaches the international treaties they have signed on for and on which the rest of the worlds drug control system is reliant upon, should think twice before they legalize drugs.
If countries want to achieve a serious and long term reduction in drug demand they would do wise to study the true success story of the world - Iceland. An evidence based mapping of local risk and protective factors and subsequent long term and holistic change of the local environment in which youngsters are brought up can bring about a population level reduction in their willingness to take drugs.
To fully make people recover from drug addiction underlying issues that preceded drug need to be adressed. Drug treatment need to take into account and solve more problems than those posed by the drugs and equip persons with tools to adress challenges in life without drugs. A sustainable recovery takes time and need to be supported years after intitial treatment and stabilisation to increase likelihood of success.
To mitigate the harms posed by traffickers and criminals operating on drug money law enforcement would do well to cooperate with treatment and social service and act as an engine for the recovery of addicts with a criminal background. The presence of (large scale) organized crime in a society can be understood as a weakness in governance. The criminals need to be combatted and persecuted but to be sustainable, the governance weakness also need to be adressed.
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In July, ECAD was present during the Swedish Annual polician week on the island of Gotland situated in the middle of the Baltic Sea.
We organised seminars and hearings on drugs, public safety and health during the week. Policians from all parties in the parliament came to our tent to share their view on how to make Sweden safer and their stance on drugs.
For the fourth consecutive year ECAD has been organizing seminars talks and events with partners Criminals Return into Society and Association for Drug Free Sweden at the annual politician week in Gotland Sweden. This year was an election year and every political party wanted to participate in our tent and give their view on how the society could be made safer. Down below we have listed the headlines of our sessions:
A safe society - the role of NGO´s
Per Johansson, generalsekreterare, RNS
Erik Leijonmarck, generalsekreterare, ECAD
Ali Reunanen, förbundssekreterare, KRIS
The left party (V) on drugs and crime
Linda Snecker, Vänsterpartiet
The liberal party (L) on drugs and crime
Roger Haddad, riksdagsledamot, Liberalerna
True and false on cannabis - state of the art of research on health harms
Peter Allebeck, forskare
Pelle Olsson, författare, journalist
The conservative party (M) on drugs and crime
Beatrice Ask, riksdagsledamot, Moderaterna
What does a social and liberal drug policy look like?
Johan Pehrson, riksdagskandidat Liberalerna
Niels Paarup-Petersen, riksdagskandidat Centerpartiet
Lars Ströman, ledarskribent Nerikes Allehanda
Gabriel Romanus, fd socialminister Liberalerna
The centre party (C) on drugs and crime
Johan Hedin, Centerpartiet
Shootings, open drug trade and marginalized communitites - what are the relationships?
Manne Gerell, forskare
Schools free from drugs
Staffan Hübinette , lärare och föreläsare
The green party (MP) on drugs and crime
Annika Hirvonen, riksdagsledamot, Miljöpartiet
The role of the customs service in adressing drug supply
Jessica Vikberg, tullinspektör och förbundsordförande RNS
Johan Lindgren, förbundsordförande TULL-KUST
The Social Democratic party (S) on drugs and crime
Morgan Johansson, justitieminister, Socialdemokraterna
Annika Strandhäll, socialminster, Socialdemokraterna
Life style coordinator
Ali Reunanen, KRIS
The prohibiton of drugs - a tool for early intervention
Lennart Karlsson, ordförande Svenska Narkotikapolisföreningen
Sven-Olov Carlsson, projektledare, Prevent Don't Promote
The nationalist party (SD) on drugs and crime
Adam Marttinen, riksdagsledamot, Sverigedemokraterna
Never go back - Recovery from drug addiction and being a mother
Sara Woldu, ledare mammagruppen KRIS
The christian democratic party (KD) on drugs and crime
Andreas Carlsson, riksdagsledamot, Kristdemokraterna
Apart from our own hosted talks and seminars the Secretary General also participated in a discussion on cannabis from a medical and societal viewpoint organized by Uppsala University.
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On October 10-11, 2018, ECAD organize a study visit to European biggest Recovery Community, San Patrignano, in close proximity to Riccione, Italy.
This year it will be the most festive occasion to participate in the WeFree days there since the Community will celebrate its 40th anniversary.
Use this opportunity to find out more about San Patrignano`s successfull model for recovery and social reinsertion and talk to the members of the Community during ECAD special session of Questions and Answers.
ECAD have negotitated a favourable hotel rates for you and blocked a number of rooms at Hotel Feldberg (Via Fucini 10, Riccione, ph. +39 0541641942) in advance.
On October 10, a scientific conference on the elimination of viral Hepatitis by the International Liver Foundation, will take place at San Patrignano. ECAD have arranged for your free participation in this conference if you are interested.
Download the Conference Programme "HCV elimination in people who inject drugs. A roadmap for elimination in Italy: treating the infections and predisposing causes" (PDF)
25th MAYORS´ CONFERENCE
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!