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The Series of Global Drug Abuse Prevention Conferences


Third Global Conference on Drug Demand Reduction, Italy 2000

Global Networking:

New Frontiers in Drug Prevention for Youth and Communities
September 25-29, 2000, Palermo, Italy

Organizers:

  • Associazone “Casa Famiglia Rosetta”

  • NGO Narcotics Coordinating Center (NGO-ANCC)

  • Drug Prevention Network of the Americas (DPNA)

  • The Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Program (DAP)

Summary:

In September of 2000, over 700 delegates from over 70 countries convened in Palermo, Sicily, Italy for the Third Global Conference. The event organized by DPNA and the host organization CASA Rosetta. At the conference, the delegations agreed that there was a need to establish an international framework for the coordination of prevention activities across the globe. A global committee was appointed to develop a strategic plan for the creation of such a body. The event also concluded with the unanimous passage of the Palermo Declaration.  As a result of the Palermo resolution, the Global Prevention Network was formed to facilitate the coordination of prevention networks across the globe.

Specail Guests:

  • Lamberto Dini Minister of Foreign Affairs, Italy

  • Msgr. Javier Lozano Barragan, President of Pontifical Council for Pastoral Health Care

  • William Pope US Embassy in Rome

  • Vincenzo Leanza, President of Sicilian Regional Government

  • Chairman of IOC, Don Vincenzo Sorce

Highlights:

Establishing an organizational framework for a Global Drug Prevention Network; ethics and spirituality in drug abuse prevention; drugs and the brain; expanding the utilization of INTERNET technology to enhance communication among network members.  

Resolution:

PREAMBLE  Signed  in Palermo, Sicily, Italy September 29, 2000 on  behalf of the delegates from 72 nations worldwide

WE THE MEMBERS OF THE THIRD GLOBAL CONFERENCE ON DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION REPRESENTING 72 NATIONS OF THE WORLD DO DECLARE THAT THE USE OF ILLEGAL DRUGS SUFFOCATES HUMAN ASPIRATIONS, POLLUTES BOTH BODY AND SOUL, AND CORRUPTS SOCIETY.

WE ALSO DECLARE THAT DRUG PREVENTION IS THE CORNER STONE OF ALL STRATEGIES IN RESOLVING OUR GLOBAL DRUG CRISIS.

THEREFORE, WE RESOLVE AND COMMIT OURSELVES TO CREATING DRUG FREE SOCIETIES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.

WE ALSO ADVOCATE NO USE OF ILLEGAL DRUGS AND NO ABUSE OF LEGAL DRUGS.

THEREFORE, WE OPPOSE AND RESIST ALL ACTIVITIES THAT WOULD INCREASE THE USE OF ILLEGAL DRUGS SUCH AS LEGALIZATION AND HARM REDUCTION.

PALERMO DECLARATION

Sicily, one of the ancient centres of civilisation, is today involved in a most vital way in protecting the civilisation on the future.

Sicily has always been a crossroad and location of many cultures. It is therefore most appropriate that so many cultures from around the world gather in Sicily at this Third  Global Conference on Drug Abuse Prevention to address the most important culture – the culture of live.

We have the global of a life for all that is free from the abuse of illegal drugs and the abuse of legal drugs. Some say that this is a dream, but no one can forbid us to dream and therefore to act with the hope, conviction, courage and strength to make this dream a reality.

This Conference renews its endorsement of the Banfkok Declaration issued at the conclusion of the Second Global Conference in 1999.

From deliberations of more than 500 delegates from 72 nations, certain clear principles and messages emerged: 

· We support the three pillars of drug policy: prevention, treatment and enforcement/interdiction.

· We conclude the drug prevention, meaning the promotion of live without drug abuse, should be the governing point of all drug strategies and policies.

· We recognise the important contributions of drug intervention and treatment as the path to a drug free life.

· We recognise that interdiction and enforcement play an important complementary role in reducing drug use.

· We support no use of illegal drugs and no abuse of legal drugs.

· We reject all efforts to legalise drugs.

· We support laws and policies aimed at preventing drug use and restricting the availability of drugs in the society.

· We support existing United Nations Conventions on narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances and expect governments to comply with these.

· We support the upholding of proper scientific standards and ethics in all research, practices and evaluations related narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.

· We oppose any strategies or policies which encourage or enable continuous drug use, such as so called “harm reduction/harm minimisation” ideologies and practices.

· We pledge to assist prevention efforts worldwide through helping to empower the community in all its forms: The family, schools and universities, workplace, the social arena, civic alliances, religious organisations, businesses, media and others. Communities must be given the knowledge and skills to take control of their own destiny.

· We plwdge to involve youth in the prevention process as an active part of the solution; youth guiding and mentoring other youth as an important prevention goal.

· We recognise the necessity of and encourage increased voluntarism as critical to the development and sustainability of community coalition for drug prevention.

· We support the establishment of community coalitions at the local level and the strengthening of linkages among prevention coalitions at the national, regional and international levels.

· We pledge commitment to assisting on – going exchange of information and to the fullest utilisation of global and regional INTERNET technology and other forms of communications.

· We pledge commitment to the development of a worldwide networking mechanism reaching prevention groups and facilitating unity of action on all relevant issues including training and especially in the implementation of the recommendations of this Conference.

 We dedicate this Declaration to all the children of the world and future generations.

 Signed here in Palermo, Sicily, Italy on the Twenty-Ninth day of September, year Two Thousand, by:


Rev. Fr. Don Vincenzo Sorce
Chairman, International Organising Committee

 On behalf of the delegates from 72 nations worldwide To the Third Global Conference on Drug Abuse Prevention 

III Global Conference on Drug Prevention Resolution: