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Gender mainstreaming and drug policy

Prof Marilyn Clark, author of the Pompidou Group publication “Gender Dimension of Non-Medical use of Prescription Drugs” and Elisabetta Simeoni, Gender rapporteur for the Pompidou Group, participated in the 7th meeting of the Council of Europe Gender Equality Commission held in Strasbourg from 15 to 17 April 2015. During the meeting participants stressed the need of gender mainstreaming in all drug policy dimensions.

Read HERE the ‘Gender Dimension of Non-Medical use of Prescription Drugs’ publication.

  Pompidou Group MedNET takes part in the launch of the South Programme II

The European Union/Council of Europe Joint Programme : Towards Strengthened Democratic Governance in the Southern Mediterranean is launched on 10 April 2015 at the Council of Europe.
This three year programme (2015-2017) aims at reinforcing human rights, democracy and Rule of law in Southern Mediterranean countries in accordance with European and other international standards. On the basis of the achievements of the first South Programme (2012-2014) Pompidou Group continues to participate in this new programme through MedNET, its network of co-operation in the Mediterranean region on drugs and addiction with a specific objective to contribute to ongoing democratic processes and foster regional co-operation in the field of human rights, rule of law and democracy, as a network between Europe and countries of the Southern Mediterranean region, as well as within the region. MedNET action will focus in particular on the setting up of national drug observatories, in the exchange of best practices and in a possible expansion of the network.

Pompidou Group 2015 Executive Training

On 23 March policy managers came together in Ljubljana for a high-profile training in support of conducting a review of existing drug policies in preparation for the 2016 UNGASS (United Nations General Assembly Special Session). The next special session of the UN General Assembly will be focusing on the world’s drug problem. In preparation of this event a review of the implementation by Member States of the Political Declaration and Action Plan which was adopted in 2009 was done. The training aimed to support governments in conducting an effective review of international, European and national drug policies and strategies. This also helped to better understand where work has been successful and where efforts need to be focused for future actions.
  Support for displaced Opiate Substitution Treatment patients in Ukraine

The Pompidou Group in conjunction with HIV Alliance in Ukraine has launched a project to support internally displaced patients who previously benefited from Opiate Substitution Treatment (OST) in Eastern Ukraine and Crimea. The project that is financed by Norway aims at catering for the basic needs and providing medical treatment and social assistance to 75 patients now receiving the treatment in Kyiv and Dnipropetrovsk. OST programmes have been discontinued in Crimea since May 2014 following the Russian Federation’s approach. Due to the conflict in Eastern Ukraine medical supply of methadone and buprenorphine has also been discontinued in Donetsk and Lugansk. Since the introduction of OST in 2005 Ukraine reports improvements in HIV prevention and drug treatment.

Deutsche Welle article about the project
Pompidou Group Translaion of the article

Children see, Children act

The Pompidou Group launched its new drug prevention clip “Children see, Children act” during its workshop on Parenting Skills and Drug Prevention in Kiev, 10-12 October 2014. The clip is part of a joint drug prevention media campaign by the Pompidou Group, the Ukrainian State Drug Control Service, UNICEF and Aids Foundation East-West (AFEW). At the workshop NGO leaders, educators and prevention specialists from all regions of Ukraine discussed how to better involve parents in drug prevention activities. Over one hundred persons applied for the workshop reflecting the urgent need in Ukraine to provide training on primary drug prevention. The workshop has been jointly organised by the Pompidou Group and AFEW.

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Shaping Global Drug Policies

The Pompidou Group reminds in its statement made at the 58th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (Vienna, 9-12 March 2015) the UN, NGOs, IGOs, experts, and government officials from all around the world that “the main intention of the United Nation’s legal framework on drugs is the safe¬guarding of the health and welfare of humankind”. This statement was presented by the Norwegian Presidency of the Pompidou Group in support of the preparation of UNGA Special Segment 2016 of the United Nations General Assembly on the World Drug Problem. In conjunction with the governments of Croatia, the Republic of Moldova, Romania and UNODC as well as the Norwegian NGO Phoenix Haga, two side-events were organised on “Women in Focus: Social Reintegration as a Key to Successful Recovery and “The Success of Therapeutic Communities in Prison - a Model for Europe”. Moreover, the Pompidou Group exhibited drug prevention posters produced by Romanian prisoners who discovered the art producing process as a powerful method for communicating suppressed emotions and addressing drug-related problems.

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Adolescent drug use in the Mediterranean region

School surveys help decision makers to react to new drug trends and risks related to problematic drug use among the most vulnerable: young people. In its first report the Mediterranean School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (MedSPAD) will sheds light on drug use epidemiology and patterns among adolescents. The report will be published and disseminated this year. MedSPAD was launched in 2003 and the first MedSPAD committee was set up in 2014 under the Mediterranean Network (MedNet) of the Pompidou Group. The committee supports the sharing of experiences between the MedNet countries who have already conducted the MedSPAD (Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia) and those who may wish to do so in the future (Algeria, Egypt). The committee provides the opportunity to discuss survey findings and prevention policies. The school surveys exercise is part of what is required by the National Observatories on drug and drug addiction that already exists in Europe and which is about to be set up in some countries of the Mediterranean Region. MedSPAD shares its expertise with the other European countries in particular with the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) that is conducted in 35 countries and repeated every four years since 1995. The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug addiction (EMCDDA) joined MedSPAD as an observer in 2015. The South Programme “Towards a Strengthened Democratic Governance in the Southern Mediterranean” that is funded by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe is also supporting this project. The next MedSPAD meeting is planned for 5 October. The first MedSPAD regional report will be available in the summer in English French and Arabic.

On the way to closer cooperation with Georgia

Thomas Kattau of the Pompidou Group, met the Georgian Deputy Minister for Internal Affairs, Mr Archil Talakvadze, on 13 February to explore areas for closer cooperation between Georgia and the Pompidou Group. The Minister underlined the cutting edge role of the Pompidou Group in drug policy development. Participating in the Airports Group, the Precursor Network, as well as the activities on DarkNet monitoring would be among the priorities for cooperation with the Pompidou Group in 2015. Both expressed their hope that Georgia would become a member of the Pompidou Group in the near future. T. Kattau was also delivering a lecture in Sukhumi on drug policies in Europe as part of the 'European Lectures' organised by the Council of Europe's Confidence Building Measures programme.

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10, Strasbourg
Launching of the South Programme II

16, Strasbourg
Gender commission

21-22, Algiers
Regional seminar on TSO

23-24, Prylucky
Drugs in prisons (Ukraine)

7-28, Zagreb
Workshop on Airport in South East Europe

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