Kian Reme, ECAD Chairman, has been recently interviewed in Norwegian newspaper ( Kian Reme
He expressed his vision of Norwegian drug policy, affected to a great extent by ideological polemics and myths.

A notorious "Norwegian drug policy has failed" is one of such myths.  The truth is much more complex. Having a vision of a society free from drugs and having a vision of zero deaths in traffic are safety policies with much in common, states Kian in the article.

 Read the whole interview in Norwegian here.



Dear Mayor Conference guests,

in order to make it easier for you to find the Conference venue (Eiganesveien 64) , Welcome Reception on Sunday (at Ledaal, Eiganesveiein 45), Conference Dinner  on Monday (at Olavskleivå 25, Klubben), and Skagenkaien for the Boat Tour on Wednesday we have prepared a map for you down here.

Read more: Conference logistics in Stavanger
Klick here to view the map: Conference logistics

Your Hotels,Thon Hotel Maritim and Scandic Forum, are on map too. We hope you will find it useful.

ECAD Executive Board Meeting will take place on Sunday at 16.00 at Övre Kleive Gate 15, close to Klubben, is also on the map.

Map for Stavanger Conference logistics (klick here)

Read more: Full Support to the Drug Control Conventions at the UNThe UN General Assembly convened in New York City last week to reaffirm the global commitment to the international drug conventions.

These conventions, created to prevent and reduce drug use worldwide, remain the cornerstone of global drug policy.

ECAD was present at the meetings among over 300 NGOs that came together at the UN in New York to support the policy of drug prevention with the message:
"Prevent. Don`t Promote".

"Prevent. Don't Promote." is a campaign sponsored by numerous organizations that support the UN international drug conventions and want to see a public health and safety based policy centered on the prevention of drug use and drug problems.

A new discussion paper on the Future of Drug Policy was issued and distributed at the event in collaboration with Drug Policy Futures. It is a concise version of the certain aspects of the report "Future of Drug Policy - Real Solutions Grounded in Global Evidence", published at the end of last year and available at
The Future of Drug Policy Discussion Paper is available at ECAD Head Office.

"Despite the rhetoric about rifts in the global consensus on drug policy, the reality on the ground is the UN and member states are upholding principles in line with the drug conventions,"  remarked our Secretary General Erik Leijonmarck.
 "Moreover, this same misleading rhetoric obscures the real progress being made to scale up public health interventions in drug policy."

Though NGOs were supportive of the meeting and outcome, there remains room for improvement on international drug policy.

Read more: Programme highlights for ECAD Mayors` Conference 2016

Photograph: C H , Stavanger bybro

ECAD Mayors` Conference in Stavanger is going to be one of the most interesting and picturesque ones. We have a lot to offer our guests:
latest research, Prevention Quality Standards, UNGASS in a nutshell, successfull prevention projects and much more.

Download Programme Highlights for details a
nd do not miss the boat tour in the Stavanger fjords on Wednesday!

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Conference booking form (Word)

ECAD is ready to announce our second conference within the framework of  the Baltic Spice Alert project, a project on new psychoactive substances in the Baltic Sea region: Bild pa inbjudan till Tallinn

Why do most drug-related deaths occur in the Baltic Sea region? 
A one-day conference on May 27, in Tallinn, Estonia.

The unprecedented emergence of potentially fatal psychoactive substances, many of which are not under international control  has led to their increased abuse, hospital emergencies and sometimes fatalities.
ECAD wishes to consider why particularly this European region has become infamous for the latter. Do we have the worst situation with the notorious psychoactive substances – in the whole EU - or is it the way we are collecting drug-related mortality statistics that plays in here? Or, maybe, something else?

We would like to have a discussion on this in Tallinn. 

Tallinn loggaWe organize this conference with a support of Tallinn City Council. You are most welcome to join ECAD at the picturesque Tallinn Mayors´ Residence, Jaan Poska maaja, J. Poska street 8.

The core group will make a study visit to the Estonian Forensic Science Institute on May 26, the day before the conference. Do you want to join us? Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Project Conference announcement (PDF)




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
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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.