Food for thought
This page is intended to provide you with speeches, presentations and other food for thought inspired by and from information and relevant documents on a selection of major events, conferences, seminars, round tables as well as works, publications, studies organised or elaborated  within the different Pompidou Group sectors of activities.

Immigration, Refugees and Drugs: New Challenges, New Approaches

Write up of the remarks made by Jan Malinowski, Executive Secretary of the Pompidou Group at side event during the 59th meeting of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna on 16 March 2016.

Prison health and human rights

Write up of remarks made by Jan Malinowski at WHO-HIPP Prison Health Bishkek October 2015.

Evolution of cannabis regulation

Write up of the remarks made Jan Malinowski during the symposium on experiences of the evolution of cannabis regulation in Oslo on 17 November 2015.

 Women, Drugs and Violence

Write up of the remarks made by Jan Malinowski during the opening of the seminar on
Women, Drugs and Violence in Europe and the Mediterranean Region in Rome on 10-11 December 2015.

Internally Displaced Persons in Ukraine

Remarks made by Jan Malinowski during the Steering Committee meeting between the Council of Europe and the Ukrainian Authorities for the project Strengthening the Human Rights Protection of Internally Displaced Persons in Kyiv on 28 January 2016.

The stress factor: a connection between drugs and terrorism

Jan Malinowski looks for a connection between stress, drugs and terrorism in an article published on 12 November 2015.

Is drug policy a choice between a rat cage and a rat paradise?

Reflections by Jan Malinowski, Executive Secretary of the Pompidou Group, on the occasion of the international day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking - 26 June 2015. The topic has been covered  in different languages. See the links below:

We try to think ahead

Tony Verachtert, Project Officer on Transnational Crime focuses in his work on smuggling through airports, online trafficking and precursors which are the basic ingredients used to manufacture drugs. In an interview for the European Research Area Network on Illicit Drugs (ERANID) he describes the work of the Pompidou Group.

PG at UNGASS - Working results

UNGASS 2016 is behind us, but the discussion about the future of global drug policy it is not over. It is an important milestone. The UNGASS outcome document provides directions for future work that can be prioritised according to needs and other circumstances. It highlights the roles of international and regional organisations. The Pompidou Group attended UNGASS and, represented by the Norwegian Minister for Health and Care Services on behalf of the Group’s Presidency, made a well-received statement on human rights and drug policy during the main session. The Pompidou Group also contributed to UNGASS through co-organisation and participation in side events on human rights (remarks by Jan Malinowski), youth (presentation by Elena Hedoux) and women and drugs (remarks by Jan Malinowski). Ahead of UNGASS, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe also made a communication about the Organisation’s work towards a human rights compliant drug policy – in Europe and beyond.