EURAD activities at the 61th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND)
The UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) held its 61 Session from 12 to 16 March 2018, in Vienna, Austria.
This year’s CND was the last major drug policy gathering before the Ministerial Segment, which is expected to be held in March 2019, set out by the 2009 Political Declaration and Action Plan.
The focus of the opening of the CND was the need for inclusive partnerships to address drug challenges and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The meeting began with a video message from UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who said that on drug control, the international community had an "opportunity to chart a better and balanced path for decades to come".
EURAD hosted a side event entitled “Civil society and community involvement in drug prevention” and took part in a round table on prevention with the American delegation. Furthermore, EURAD President Stig Erik Sørheim was on the panel of a side event on the impact of cannabis legalization in the US.
EURADs affiliate San Patrignano hosted a side event in collaboration with the EURAD network, Recovered Users Network (RUN), the UNODC, Dianova International and Member States within the official programme. The event aimed to celebrate 40 years of San Patrignano as well as to assess the situation in the drugs field since 1978, which includes lessons learned from drug addiction and recovery initiatives, and tried to examine what has changed and what remained the same.
Our affiliate Turkish Green Crescent hosted a side event “Sharing Experiences and Innovative Policies” in collaboration with the UNODC and among others, Dr. Gilberto Gerra of UNODC highlighted the importance of NGO work in countering world drug problem.
The new “International Standards for the Treatment of Drug Use Disorders” were presented and discussed at the side event hosted by the UNODC and WHO.
EURAD and RUN organized our 3rd exhibition during the CND, entitled “Prevent, don’t promote- Mobilize communities- Rediscover recovery! “, in collaboration with 60 of our members, partners and like-minded organisations from around the globe. This year’s campaign highlighted the importance of prevention and recovery-oriented policies, and included three main slogans and the logos of all partner organisations and major international networks which joined the campaign.
EURAD has also rejoined the Civil Society Task Force (CSTF) working towards the High Level Meeting in 2019 as a representative of the Western Europe region. In our past involvement as a CSTF member working towards UNGASS2016, EURAD managed to involve around 130 NGOs from the field and gather their opinions and lessons learned from the ground, which was included in the recommendations and final report of the CSTF for the UNGASS outcome document.
Our Board Member Zoran Jelic has been elected to serve as a Board Member of the VNGOC- Vienna Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Committee on Drugs for the next 2 years.
By Mulka Nisic