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Celebrate 50 years of drug policy cooperation with the Pompidou Group on 28 October 2021

For half a century, member states of the Pompidou Group have been working to develop effective drug policies that respect human rights.

What started with a simple letter from President George Pompidou to six other states is now a network of 42 countries that continually renew their efforts to adapt to the new challenges our society faces. The year of 2021 has been a turning point for the Pompidou Group in this respect, with the adoption of its new status that includes addictions as a more general issue in its action.

To celebrate the Group's 50th anniversary, its evolution and its successes, an official event will be held in Paris on 28 October 2021 at the Centre Pompidou. This celebration will bring together over 100 high-level representatives of member States, Permanent Correspondents of the Group, and representatives of partner Organizations.

Following opening statements, a thematic session will trace back the history of the Pompidou Group. The session will be an opportunity to look back at the evolution of the Group through testimonies of its current and former Executive Secretaries, the “Dean” of Permanent Correspondents and former Presidents and Vice-Presidents. The most recent developments, such as the accession of Ukraine and the new status presented by the Portuguese Presidency are also included in the programme.

The second thematic session will focus on four specific issues related to human rights and drug policy.

Finally, the 10th European Drug Prevention Prize Award Ceremony will take place.

The full programme can be consulted here.





 Pompidou Group



 Directorate General Human Rights and Rule of Law


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