ECAD recently attended the 58th session of the Commision on Narcotic Drugs (CND), at which Dr. Lochan Naidoo, President of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) made a speech on behalf of the Special segment on preparations for the special session of the General Assembly on the world drug problem (UNGASS) to be held in 2016.

As preparations for UNGASS are underway, it's time to think about topics related to the objectives of drug control: health and welfare, availability of internationally controlled substances for medical purposes, socioeconomic factors, decriminalisation, respect for human rights, and the role of enforcement.  All of these are covered in Dr. Naidoo's statement.

"UNGASS provides an opportunity to re-think what we have been doing over the last 50 years. The world has changed, and world drug policy has also evolved. But have the objectives of the drug treaties, which are to ensure the health and welfare of our populations, really become outdated?" 
Read more: Tackling Europe’s “Spice” Problem
A new report from the Institute for Security and Development Policy examines yhe growing consumption of Spice—a generic name for chemically produced synthetic cannabinoids.  Spice has been responsible for an increasing number of overdoses and even deaths in European countries. In Sweden alone, 2014 saw the occurrence of over 300 overdoses attributed to Spice. The fact that Spice is composed of largely non-illegal substances—and is therefore sold as “legal”—presents a major problem for policymakers and law enforcement authorities. At both the national and the European level, the efforts made by policymakers to stem the spread of Spice and to eliminate it from circulation have been insufficient. A more robust approach aimed at proscribing the drug and putting the onus

on manufacturers to prove the safety of Spice is therefore necessary.

The report is published by the Transnational Threat Initiative at the ISDP, by researchers Aïssata Maïga, Jeanette Lindberg & Walter Kegö.  Full PDF of the Policy Briefing can be downloaded here.  The authors put forward the case that stronger EU cooperation on the issue, more funding for research and prevention, while shifting the burden of proof of legality to the manufacturers of such drugs, are all essential if Spice is to be tackled effectively.

In 3- 5 december the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) held a reconvened session in Vienna. Delegates discussed preparations for the upcoming special session on the world drug problem in 2016 - UNGASS.

ECAD participated at the session and produced a joint statement in support of the conventions, together with World Federation Against Drugs, San Patrignano Foundation, European Action on Drugs, Drug Policy Futures and Recovered Users Network to the delegates of the CND.

The statement was read by WFAD secretary general Linda Nilsson.

Read more: 57th CND Session in Vienna: Preparing for UNGASS 2016

Protect unborn children from the damages of drugs

On November 21 ECAD organized a conference in Minsk in Belarus together with Women’s Committee on Alcohol and Drugs Issues (WOCAD) and Mothers against Drugs. The conference gathered around 40 representatives working as midwives in Belarus. The conference was held as a part of a 3-year long project between ECAD and WOCAD and is supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). The project supports the work against drugs in Belarus and prioritizes training and support of young women and girls. Deputy director Ake Setréus represented ECAD in the conference and made a speech about the importance of working against drug use, maintaining a restrictive public opinion against drugs and working for democratic societies.

Two pleased delegates from a Child Protection Organization

ECAD-representative Fabio Bernabei, a committed and outspoken voice against drugs, has been awarded the "Heart And Speech Against Drugs prize in memory of murdered Irish jorunalist Veronica Guerrin for his investigative journalism. The award was given by the mayor of Blagoevgrad - Dr. Atanas Kambitov and the ambassador of Ireland in Bulgaria – H.E. John Biggar. 

ECAD congratulates Fabio for the recognition of his work and is proud to have him on board as our Italian representative.
Read more: ECAD Representative Fabio Bernabei Awarded a Prize in Bulgaria

Read more: ECAD Representative Fabio Bernabei Awarded a Prize in Bulgaria


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.


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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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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.