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Five Global Drug Abuse Prevention Conferences

First Global Conference on Drug Demand Reduction

The First Global Conference on Drug Demand Reduction was conducted in Lima Peru and was organized by Drug Prevention Network of the Americas (DPNA). The event was titled "Global Initiatives on Drug Demand Reduction: The Americas-Asia Dialogue" and was attended by  724 delegates representing 286 institutions and 15 nations dedicated to the prevention of drug abuse in North, Central, and South America. Participants agreed to unite forces in order to develop and perform common actions that will contribute to the  prevention of drug use within younger generations and will lead to the establishment of drug-free communities by promoting healthier forms of living. The conference was organized by the Drug Prevention Network of the Americas (DPNA).   More

Second Global Conference on Drug Demand Reduction

Positive evaluations by conference participants at the First Global Conference on Drug Demand Reduction led to a Second Global Prevention Conference, held in Bangkok, Thailand during spring 1999. DPNA, Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Program (DAP) and members of the International Federation of Non-Government Organizations (IFNGO) worked with a local host agency in Thailand, and jointly planned the sessions. The resulting conference was attended by more than 500 individuals from over 60 nations. Meeting attendees again gave extremely positive evaluations to the meeting, lauding its content and new ideas. The meeting concluded with the participants passing the Bangkok Resolution. 

Included in the resolution was a concept presented by DPNA to establish a global Internet portal to coordinate the activities of NGO's involved in drug demand reduction. A Special Global Standing Committee was created to oversee the creation of an international web portal to support the drug abuse prevention efforts of organizations across the globe. The GDPN web portal was created in response to this resolution.    More

Third Global Conference on Drug Demand Reduction 

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.   More

Fourth Global Conference on Drug Abuse Reduction 

The  IV Global Conference on Drug Abuse Prevention which had the theme ďSkills for Drug Abuse PreventionĒ was successfully held in Penang, Malaysia from 13 to 17 May 2002.  It was organized by the Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Programme and hosted by the National Drugs Agency Malaysia in collaboration with IFNGO and PEMADAM Malaysia with funding from the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL), US Department of State and the Government of Japan.   The objectives of the IV Global Conference were to enhance specific skills in drug abuse prevention ; develop the global network on drug abuse prevention; share best practices on innovative approaches in drug abuse prevention;  and forge linkages among coalitions, NGOs and prevention practitioners in drug abuse prevention.  More than 300 participants from 39 countries attended the conference.   More

 Fifth International Conference on Drug Prevention

The Fifth Global Conference on Prevention was held in Rome and Pomezia, Italy, September 22-26, 2003. This world-wide event hailed 500 people in attendance (on average: 384), representing no less than 84 countries, with activities centering on the areas listed in the Conference Program; each one of which had its own impact on those present, including the Media. For example, Prevention Policies were given wide coverage by the Italian Media, since well-known political figures were on hand. This then reaffirmed the importance of holding firm in promoting interdiction, abstinence, and bolstering the treatment process and social reinsertion of addicts. The positions of each one of these stands were backed up by supporting evidence; distancing with Swiss policies was made, since their tolerance of drug consumption and their massive employment of harm reduction techniques, characterized by permissiveness regarding drug use, all lead to a notorious increase in its consumption, not to mention the social and health costs. Additionally, these policies, as well as those of the Dutch, make for conflicts because of their harmful effects on the neighboring countries who also sought to take refute them. Independent, non-governmental studies revealed inconsistencies and lack of proper application of scientific evaluation models in light of the hoped-for results. When it came to becoming scientifically up to date, the most recent studies and investigations were revealed, supporting essential data for the implementation of prevention programs and promoting  prevention-based health programs.

The participation of the youth was exceptional (they organized a beautiful choreography in the high school auditorium). In fact, the whole event emphasized childhood and adolescence, periods in life so crucial to human development, to be creatively worked with and strengthened by dealing with the healthiest aspects that naturally appear at each stage.

Successful prevention programs presently being implemented in different parts of the world were highlighted, as well as corresponding factors which produced the good results achieved among target populations. Of considerable note was the presence of a large delegation of African bishops involved in pastoral social work which gave its input on cultural diversity while discussing the various Conference themes. Interchange on a personal level, as well as the sharing that went on among organizations and the various task forces, found fertile ground within the framework of the Conference, empowering the participating countries and organizations present through sharing with others the beneficial results they have obtained. Of special note was the charismatic presence Betty Sembler, wife of the American Ambassador to Italy, who reaffirmed her long track record and personal interest and support in this field, -a portent of future successes to be achieved. As time goes on, more news and works related to this worldwide, transcendental prevention encounter will be reported on. Donít miss visiting the Italian organizerís web site: