Pompidou Group - Co-operation Group to Combat Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Drugs

Launch of Lebanon’s National Substance Use Strategy 2016-2021

Lebanon launched its National Substance Use Strategy in Beirut on 22 December 2016, with the Pompidou Group’s support for its development and implementation in 2017. The inter-ministerial strategy is part of the programme 'Mental Health and Substance Use Prevention, Promotion and Treatment Strategy for Lebanon 2015-2020'. It was developed by the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH), in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEHE), Ministry of Interior and Municipalities (MOIM), Ministry of Justice (MOJ) and Ministry of Social Affairs (MOSA), and in consultation with numerous UN agencies, local and international NGOs, professional organisations, academic institutions, health care organisations and health professionals.
The strategy is based on six pillars: autonomy, dignity, participation, accountability & integrity, empowerment, and quality. Its main objective is to give all people living in Lebanon the opportunity to enjoy the best possible mental health and wellbeing. The strategy respects human rights and has several missions. In particular, it aims to guarantee universal accessibility to gender and age-sensitive prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, harm reduction and social re-integration services, and to reduce the availability of illicit substances.
The report on the National Drug Strategy for Lebanon is now available.

  Moldova ready to launch its first Therapeutic Community in prison

The results of three intensive working days in Chisinau are: a daily agenda for the future beneficiaries of the Therapeutic Community (TC), selection and exclusion criteria, and a therapeutic contract and a plan for the allocation of staff resources necessary for the smooth functioning of a TC in prisons. A multidisciplinary team consisting of prison managers, doctors, psychologists, NGO specialists and international experts developed and discussed these important working documents during a workshop from 14 to 16 December that was organised by the Pompidou Group (PG) together with the Deparment of Penitentiary Institutions. The project is supported by the NGO Phoenix Haga, which runs a Therapeutic Community in Norway. It was the final workshop in a series of four in-depth training sessions over a period of two years on the methodology of running a Therapeutic Community in prisons. Mr Igor Guja, the Deputy Director General of the Department of Penitentiary Institutions of the Republic of Moldova, came to the closing of the event and promised full support for the launch of the TC in spring 2017. The workshop is part of the PG project “Criminal Justice Responses to drug-dependent prisoners” of the Council of Europe’s Programmatic Cooperation Framework (PCF) that is financed by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe.

  MedNET / Gender dimension: Development of specialised services for women with substance abuse disorders in Egypt

The report
on the project to develop specialised services for women with substance abuse disorders in Egypt is now available. The project was carried out by the Pompidou Group in partnership with the General Secretariat of Mental Health and Addiction Treatment (GSMHAT). The report falls within the activities of the MedNET network aimed at promoting cooperation between Mediterranean countries, and also the gender activities of the Pompidou Group which promote the consideration of a gender dimension in drug policies.
Since 2013, this project has created women's care services that are culturally acceptable and have had a real impact on public mental health services, resulting in the creation of a vast number of similar services. Through this project, professionals have become aware of the specific needs of women. The will to continue to cooperate with other similar services throughout the world was also emphasised.


  MedNET celebrated 10 years in Rabat

Representatives of the 12 MedNET countries - Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Portugal and Tunisia - have celebrated MedNET's 10th birthday, along with other invited countries - Croatia, Monaco, Switzerland, Turkey, Palestine and Spain - and the EMCDDA and the EU Delegation in Rabat. MedNET was officially created in 2006 on the basis of the Pompidou Group's first cooperative work in the Mediterranean region, launched in 1999. The committee approved the 2016 MedNET activity report, and adopted an ambitious work programme for 2017. They welcomed the results and impact of MedNET over the last 10 years and thanked their donors, especially France and Italy, whose regular contributions have ensured the continued success of a network whose budget has grown tenfold since its creation.
Mrs Danièle Jourdain-Menninger, President of France's Interministerial Mission for the Fight against Drugs and Addictive Behaviours (Mildeca), said: 'The MedNET network is the cornerstone of international cooperation in the fight against drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking in the Mediterranean area. Thanks to a pragmatic, dynamic and culturally sensitive method of regional cooperation and the synergy of a wide variety of professional profiles, a great number of results have been achieved. Among the major achievements of MedNET over the past decade have been the sharing of experiences, capacity building, creating national observatories and conducting MedSPAD surveys, as well as the increased awareness member states have towards drug users and their increased attention to prevention and disseminating treatments for opioid dependence. All these successes call on us to deepen cooperation further between our countries and to work towards a truly humanist policy on addiction.

MedNET video album
Impact of MedNET

Mexico joins the Pompidou Group!

Mexico will become the 39th member of the Council of Europe’s drug policy cooperation platform The Pompidou Group. It was announced on 30 November by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers. Earlier this month in Venice, Ambassador Santiago Onate Laborde of Mexico met with Jan Malinowski, Executive Secretary of the Pompidou Group at a conference in Venice to discuss membership. In particular the Pompidou Group’s efforts to support balanced and innovative drug policies, the executive training programmes, as well the Group’s profound contributions to the UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs (UNGASS) in 2016, were among the key for Mexico’s decision to join. The Pompidou Group provides an international forum for policy-makers, professionals and researchers to discuss and exchange information on the whole range of drug misuse and trafficking problems. In order to carry out this mission, it adopts a multidisciplinary, integrated approach to all drug problems and employs a variety of working methods.
Mexico will formally join the group as of 1 January 2017.

2017 Pompidou Group Executive Training on “Integrating and adapting challenges resulting from NPS into demand reducing strategies”

Following the successful training sessions in the previous years, the Pompidou Group is happy to announce that it will organise and Executive Training for drug policy managers in 2017 on ‘Integrating and adapting challenges resulting from NPS into demand reducing strategies’.

The complete training course outline is can be consulted here.

Given the high level of interest in the Pompidou Group’s Executive Trainings, the course is open to all Council of Europe member States and interested non-member States. The working language of the training is English. Profile of participants: The training course will be targeting managers from governmental/public institutions that are responsible for developing and/or implementing drug policies and/or coordinating related programme implementation, service delivery as well as the representatives from civil society organisations working in the various sectors and formats that are related to drug policies.

Deadline for submitting applications is 15 January 2017.

To know more about the Pompidou Group Executive Training, please watch this video.

Should you have any questions or require further information, please don’t hesitate in contacting the Pompidou Group Secretariat.



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Preparatory meeting of the 10th meeting
1, Paris
2nd WG on Human Rights & Drug Policy
2, Paris
1st Meeting of the PC Bureau
7, Paris
7th MedSPAD Committee Meeting


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