The amendment to the Act on Preventing Drug Addiction is expected to soon enter into force.
The conference will bring together an international community of drug policy and public health experts in Warsaw from the 17th to the 19th of February 2016 to examine urban drug policy and harm reduction practice around the theme: Urban voice in the global discussion on UNGASS2016.
Improvement in the quality of cooperation between sectors, the transfer of knowledge between European cities and the promotion and dissemination of urban drug policies based on scientific evidence.
Visit www.urbandrugpolicies.com to book your place now! Deadline for registration is on the 16th of December 2015.
ABOUT THE IDEA:
The Second International Urban Drug Policy Conference (UDPC2016) is one of the largest international events dedicated to narcotics policies in the urban space. Its goals are the professionalization of urban drug policies, improvement in the quality of cooperation between sectors, the transfer of knowledge between European cities and the promotion and dissemination of urban drug policies based on scientific evidence.
The conference arose out of the desire for integration and cooperation between local government authorities, politicians and policy-makers, representatives of programs to counteract drug addiction, police officials, prosecutors, penitentiary staff, NGO activists and researchers.
• A meeting of people from local and national governments with those from the NGO world to exchange experience and knowledge, and to have an opportunity to network.
• Outstanding experts, from Poland and worldwide, in the areas of drug policies, harm reduction, addiction treatments, epidemiology, prevention, NGO administration, management, CSR, communications and other areas.
• Debates, lectures and workshops, as well as scientific publications and reports.
• Side events: study visits, seminars, workshops, as well as group excursions to discover Warsaw.
One of the indicators to identify with the city is the ability to move with a sense of security. Psychoactive substances are entered in the identity and life of big cities, and therefore pose a huge challenge for urban drug policies. Activities in the area of urban space should be an integral collaboration of government institutions, local governments, medical centers, social workers, police, prison service and NGOs. Well-planned and implemented urban drug policies should be based on intersectoral cooperation initiates which could lead to create an effective national drug policy.
The mission of the conference is to elicit discussion regarding the challenges that face local narcotics policies in the context of national and international policy.
The guidelines worked out to implement national priorities and global anti-drug-abuse strategies will be presented at a higher-level meeting (UNGASS 2016, planned for April 25, 2016), where a global policy for the drug control system is to be formed. The discussion that is stimulated concerning the challenges faced by local drug policies will serve in the formation of a strategy for financing harm reduction in large European cities as well as being a center for working out common European guidelines for UNGASS 2016. Due to the financial crisis that has hit the whole of Europe in recent years, many cities have either abandoned or greatly reduced the resources allocated to harm reduction. Often the problem is not a lack of financial resources, but improper distribution. The conference will be an opportunity to take a closer look at the problem and also work on uniform guidelines for the implementation of a rational drug policy on the local government level, which will not only influence municipal financial strategies, but also serve as a position statement at UNGASS 2016.
The time has come to implement and promote good practices conceived under the auspices of local drug policies. This is mainly an issue of harm reduction programs, such as safe injection sites or needle and syringe exchange programs, which are less and less common in Polish cities. The exchange of European best practices will be made possible by the international scope of the conference.
One outcome of the conference will be the creation of policies for the achievement of national priorities and global drug strategies, known as the Warsaw Declaration, which will also be presented at the CND (Commission on Narcotic Drugs) in Vienna that is formulating a position statement for UNGASS 2016.
The first edition of this event took place in 2010 in Prague, in the Czech Republic – URBAN DRUG POLICIES IN THE GLOBALISED WORLD. The Prague Declaration – 7 Principles for Urban Drug Policies was announced during the conference.
All organizations, companies and institutions interested in participating in the conference and working together under the auspices of the UDPC2016 program are invited to contact the office of the organizing committee.
National Bureau for Drug Prevention in Poland
The City of Warsaw
Polish Drug Policy Network
with support of Open Society Foundations Global Drug Policy program.