Airports meeting addressing challenges

76 experts from 34 countries and 9 international organisations will participate in the 32 annual meeting of the Airports Group organi
sed by the Pompidou Group on 6-8 June 2017. A great variety of airport and drugs related subjects will be addressed during the event.
RILO will open the meeting with the annual review on drug seizures in airports and mail centres, followed by presentations on the use of PNR, cash control, control of passenger and package flows, swallowers, organised crime, general aviation, police dog training, controlled deliveries and risk analysis.
Experts from different countries and international organi
sations will have the opportunity to discuss practical solutions to today’s challenges in airports and build on their established network.

In 2017, MedNET is expanding its activities to address the specific issue of women and drugs

The 21st MedNET meeting was chaired by Nicolas Prisse, the new president of France's Interministerial Mission for the Fight against Drugs and Addictive Behaviours (Mildeca), in Paris on 9 May. The participants welcomed the implementation of the ambitious MedNET work programme for 2016-2018.
The network – which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2016 – continues to expand its scope, focusing on women's issues in drug policies.
Its activities are constantly expanding thanks to contributions from its donors, France and Italy, and thanks to the expertise brought by all its members.
Indeed, the sharing of knowledge and experience is not confined to the network: expertise is also provided by the Pompidou Group's member states: Belgium, Croatia, Ireland and Switzerland, as well as non-member states such as Spain.
The model of cooperation set up by the network is inspiring other regions of the world such as West Africa and Latin America.
Palestine, the 14th member of MedNET which joined at the end of 2016, participated in the meeting and outlined its priorities for the years to come.


  Seminar “Women and Drugs: from policy to good practice” Rome, 26-27 June 2017

This event, co-organised by the Italian Department for Anti-Drug Policies (Dipartimento politiche antidroga) and the Pompidou Group of the Council of Europe, takes place on 26 June,
on the occasion of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
The importance of appropriately mainstream gender in drug-related policies and programmes is recognized in the outcome document of the 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the world drug problem and in the CND 59/5 resolution on mainstreaming a gender perspective in drug related policies and programmes.
At the opening of the seminar by Ms Maria Elena Boschi, Undersecretary of State, Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Ms. Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, stresses in a video address that “women who experience the coincidence of drug use and violence are among the most marginal voices in our societies” and that their interest and rights “are the most easily ignored”.

Her statement is backed by the policy-makers, researchers and practitioners who present good practices in women and drug addiction research, prevention, care and treatment and, drug related offences with the ultimate aim of integrating a gender dimension in drug policy. To this end, Italy, Spain and Sweden present how the gender dimension is introduced into their national drug strategies.


  New PG Brochure: Criminal Justice and Drug Policy

The Pompidou Group works closely with national policy makers and practitioners to develop drug strategies and tools that focus on improving health and human rights in the criminal justice systems. This includes interventions that help to reduce crime, prison overcrowding and stigmatisation of drug-dependent persons. The brochure ‘Criminal Justice and Drug Policy’ introduces the work of the Criminal Justice and Prison Programme of the Pompidou Group – by giving a voice to both leading experts and people who have survived drug dependence and experienced related hardship in prison.

A blind spot in drug enforcement

Last week, Mr Jan Malinowski, Executive Secretary of the Pompidou Group, Mr José Manuel Holgado Merion, Director General, Mr Pedro Garrido Roca, Brigadier General, Mr Pablo Martín Alonso, Lieutenant General and Mr Laurentino Ceña Coro, Lieutenant General, from the Spanish Guardia Civil opened the first two-day General Aviation conference ‘A blind spot in drug enforcement!’ in Madrid.
They welcomed over a hundred participants from ten international organisations and thirty-five countries of Europe, North and South America, Africa, The Middle East and Asia. During the past two days several speakers shared their experience in the field and ideas to improve policies and methodologies in the near future.

Juvenile justice reforms in Ukraine

Rehabilitative justice needs to balance risks and must empower young people in trouble with the law to live a meaningful, happy and law-abiding life. Both prison staff and the trainers agreed emphatically to this conclusion of the three-day workshop that took place in Kremenchug juvenile prison between 24 and 26 March 2017. It was the first training implemented by the Pompidou Group and the Dutch non-profit organisation “Friends of Pryluky” in this Ukrainian correctional institution. After Pryluky and Melitopol, Kremenchug is the third juvenile institution that opened its doors to the team of experts and trainers. Many of the boys in the institutions come from disadvantaged families where alcohol and drug use is common. The techniques discussed during the workshop enable educators and psychologists to further improve their therapeutic and analytical skills and they learned more about risk assessment and drug prevention tools. Due to criminal justice reforms, fewer juveniles are incarcerated in Ukraine and consequently many juvenile institutions will be closed. However, the Ukrainian prison administration announced this week that Kremenchug’s juvenile institution will remain and become the largest national correctional facility for boys.


6-8, Strasbourg
32nd Airports annual meeting of the Airports Group

16, Tunis
International day against drugs: Women, violence and addictions in Tunisia

, Rome
Seminar on “Women and Drugs: from policy to good practice”

, Rome
Working group on “Violence, women and rape drugs”

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