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International Taskforce on Drug Control Policy


THE FUTURE OF DRUG POLICIES GLOBALLY -
UNGASS 2008 and BEYOND:


Reconciling Research with Reality, Rights with Responsibilities
, August 9, 2006; London, England

The International Task Force members met for their annual collaboration to discuss global drug policy and prevention efforts and concepts.  Following these meetings, on August 9th, The Future of Drug Policies Globally – UNGASS 2008 and Beyond conference was held in the United Kingdom. The conference was sponsored by European Cities Against Drugs, Institute on Global Drug Policy, International Scientific and Medical Forum on Drug Abuse, London Drug Policy Forum and MOTGIFT International; supported by Drug Free America Foundation, Inc., Drug Prevention Network of the Americas, International Task Force on Strategic Drug Policy and National Drug Prevention Alliance. This conference was a unique opportunity for scientists, drug policy and prevention professionals, doctors and those involved in the global drug policy arena to gather together and exchange ideas and successes. Some of the topics included: “Overview of Drug Policies and Their Effectiveness,”  “Drug Exposure, Abuse and Dependence: Lessons from Physicians, Addicts and Second-Hand Smoke,” and “UN Drug Policy and UNGASS 2008.”  

POLICY PAPER:

Policy Paper: A New Approach to Reduce Drug Demand - Rooted in hope growing with success (PDF)

 

CONFERENCE AGENDA:

Chairs: Maureen Kellett, Chair, London Drug Policy Forum, United Kingdom
Christy McCampbell, Deputy Assistant Secretary, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, United States Department of State, United States

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration

Morning Chair: Maureen Kellett, Chair, London Drug Policy Forum, United Kingdom

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS
Maureen Kellett, Chair, London Drug Policy Forum, United Kingdom
- Tomas Hallberg, Executive Director, European Cities Against Drugs, Sweden
- David A. Gross, M.D., Chair, International Scientific and Medical Forum on Drug Abuse, United States
- Torgny Peterson, Executive Director, MOTGIFT International, Sweden

9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. UNITED KINGDOM DRUG POLICY
- Diana Coad, Member and former Parliamentary Candidate for Conservative Party; Co-founder and Drugs Adviser/Spokesman for the 'Kids Count' Charity

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. UNITED NATIONS DRUG POLICY AND UNGASS 2008
– Sandeep Chawla, Chief, Policy Analysis and Research Branch, United Nations Office of Drug Control, Austria

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. UNITED STATES DRUG POLICY
- John Walters, Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy, United States

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Break

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. TACKLING DRUGS ON THE SUPPLY ROUTE: AN UNITED KINGDOM PERSPECTIVE
- Lesley Pallett, Head of Drugs and International Crime Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, United Kingdom

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. UNITED STATES FOREIGN POLICY
- Marc Wheat, Staff Director and Chief Counsel, Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy, and HumanResources Committee on Government Reform, United States

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. SWEDISH DRUG POLICY – IN SUPPORT OF THE UN DRUG CONVENTIONS
Torgny Peterson, Executive Director, MOTGIFT International, Sweden

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch

Afternoon Chair: Christy McCampbell, Deputy Assistant Secretary, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, United States Department of State, United States

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. FRONTLINE UPDATE: HOW AFGHANISTAN IS TACKLING THE DRUG PROBLEM
- Habibullah Qaderi, Minister of Counter Narcotics, Afghanistan

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. OVERVIEW OF DRUG POLICIES AND THEIR EFFECTIVENESS
- Professor Neil McKeganey, Scotland

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. DRUG EXPOSURE, ABUSE AND DEPENDENCE: Lessons From Physicians, Addicts and Second-Hand Smoke
- Mark Gold, M.D., Distinguished Professor, The Brain Institute, University of Florida, United States

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Break

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. IS THERE ANYTHING SUCH AS E.U. DRUG POLICY?
- Raymond Yans, Director, Drug Unit (MFA/Belgium), former Chair, Dublin Group, Member, International Narcotics Control Board

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. US DRUG POLICY CONCERNS ON A GLOBAL BASIS
- Ambassador Anne Patterson, Assistant Secretary, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, United States Department of State, United States

5:00 p.m. WHAT DOES THIS ALL MEAN FOR FUTURE DRUG POLICY?
- Dr. Hamid Ghodse, President, International Narcotics Control Board, Vienna

5:30 p.m. CLOSING REMARKS
- Christy McCampbell, Deputy Assistant Secretary, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, United States Department of State, United States