Third Global Conference
on Drug Demand Reduction, Italy 2000
New Frontiers in Drug Prevention for Youth and Communities
September 25-29, 2000, Palermo, Italy
Associazone “Casa Famiglia
NGO Narcotics Coordinating
Drug Prevention Network of the
The Colombo Plan Drug Advisory
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.
Lamberto Dini Minister of
Foreign Affairs, Italy
Msgr. Javier Lozano Barragan,
President of Pontifical Council for Pastoral Health Care
William Pope US Embassy in
Vincenzo Leanza, President of
Sicilian Regional Government
Chairman of IOC, Don Vincenzo
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.
in Palermo, Sicily, Italy September 29, 2000 on
behalf of the delegates from 72 nations worldwide
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.
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.
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.
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:
support the three pillars of drug policy: prevention, treatment and
conclude the drug prevention, meaning the promotion of live without
drug abuse, should be the governing point of all drug strategies and
recognise the important contributions of drug intervention and
treatment as the path to a drug free life.
recognise that interdiction and enforcement play an important
complementary role in reducing drug use.
support no use of illegal drugs and no abuse of legal drugs.
reject all efforts to legalise drugs.
support laws and policies aimed at preventing drug use and
restricting the availability of drugs in the society.
support existing United Nations Conventions on narcotic drugs and
psychotropic substances and expect governments to comply with these.
support the upholding of proper scientific standards and ethics in
all research, practices and evaluations related narcotic drugs and
oppose any strategies or policies which encourage or enable
continuous drug use, such as so called “harm reduction/harm
minimisation” ideologies and practices.
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
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.
recognise the necessity of and encourage increased voluntarism as
critical to the development and sustainability of community
coalition for drug prevention.
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.
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.
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
Rev. Fr. Don Vincenzo Sorce
Chairman, International Organising Committee
On behalf of the delegates from 72 nations
To the Third Global Conference on
Drug Abuse Prevention
Global Conference on Drug