Past events

  1. 12 Sep

    OAS – Money Laundering & Corruption

    From 12/09/2019 to 12/09/2019

    OAS - Money laundering and corruptionThe objective of the dialogue is to offer a space to provide an updated on the panorama of the evolution of the phenomenon of money laundering and its relationship with corruption investigations, through reflections of national cases in which the OAS and other organizations such as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the World Bank have supported.

    The meeting will be held from 8:30 am to 1 pm in the Main Building of the Organization of American States, in the corner of 17th Street and Constitution Ave., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20006, USA.

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  2. 09 Sep

    42nd session of the Human Rights Council

    From 09/09/2019 to 27/09/2019

    The 42nd session of the Human Rights Council will take place in Geneva (Switzerland). During these 3 weeks, a number of topics will be discussed, focusing on Human Rights issues in Sub-saharan Africa and South-East Asia. NGOs in consultative status with the ECOSOC can be accredited to participate in the Human Rights Council’s sessions as Observers.

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  3. 04 Sep

    Fifth Contemporary Drug Problems Conference

    From 04/09/2019 to 06/09/2019

    The conference will be held a the Monash University Prato Centre, in Prato, Italy, near Florence. The conference theme, Rethinking ‘change’, new theories, new topics, new questions, new methods, will address the question of what needs to change and why, an issue of increasing interest to social scientists.

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  4. 31 Aug

    International Overdose Awareness Day 2019

    From 31/08/2019 to 31/08/2019

    The International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event during which local and international organisations host events to promote health, reduce stigma and commemorate those who have been lost to a drug overdose.

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  5. 01 Jul

    International Conference on Drug Prevention, Treatment and Care – Inspiration and Direction

    From 01/07/2019 to 05/07/2019

    Location: Vienna International Centre (Vienna, Austria) – The International Society of Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Professionals (ISSUP) will be partnering with UNODC to hold this conference that will gather demand reduction professionals from Europe and around the world for plenary sessions, networking, exhibits, culture and community.

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  6. 25 Jun

    European Drugs Summer School 2019

    From 25/06/2019 to 05/07/2019

    European Drugs Summer SchoolThe University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL) and the EMCDDA will be holding the eighth European drugs summer school (EDSS) this year on ‘Illicit drugs in Europe: demand, supply and public policies’. Registration is open for the two-week course, which will take place in the Portuguese capital from 24 June to 5 July.

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  7. 24 Jun

    Geneva Drug Policy Week

    From 24/06/2019 to 28/06/2019

    Geneva is now occupying an important place in the current international debate surrounding drugs and drug policies. The Drug Policy Week aims to connect relevant international and local actors with each other and to promote new synergies between them. Dianova will participate in a panel on “Drugs, gender and stigma”.

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  8. 03 Jun

    Women Deliver 2019 Conference

    From 03/06/2019 to 07/06/2019

    Women Deliver 2019 ConferenceHeld in Vancouver, Canada, the Women Deliver 2019 Conference will be the world’s largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women. From keynote to social enterprise pitches, workshops to film festivals, the conference will present many opportunities to engage, gather inspiration, and build a more gender equal world.

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  9. 16 May

    XXI International Conference – Promoting Social & Labour integration

    From 16/05/2019 to 17/05/2019

    XXI International Conference - Proyecto HombreThe 21st Conference of the association Proyecto Hombre will endeavour to promote the exchange of successful transnational experiences and policies in terms of socioprofessional integration of people with addiction problems, in treatment, socially excluded or at risk for social exclusion. Venue: Teatros Luchana, Calle de Luchana 38, 28010 Madrid (Spain).

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  10. 28 Apr

    26th Harm Reduction International Conference

    From 28/04/2019 to 01/05/2019

    Harm reduction internationalOrganized by Harm Reduction International (HRI) and  Agência Piaget para o Desenvolvimento (APDES), the conference will be held in Porto, Portugal. It will be an opportunity to learn about the lessons learned from Portugal’s progressive approach to drug policy and harm reduction. Join the conference for the latest research and debate on drug use, health and human rights.

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  11. 22 Apr

    International Mother Earth Day

    From 22/04/2019 to 22/04/2019

    International Mother Earth Day

    The Earth and its ecosystems provide us with life and sustenance. They are our home. The commemoration of Mother Earth Day aims to inspire citizens and societies to reconsider how to interact with the natural world and to improve the ethical basis of the relationship between humankind and the Earth in the context of sustainable development.

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  12. 07 Apr

    Dianova Italy participates in the Milano Marathon 2019

    From 07/04/2019 to 07/04/2019

    Milano Marathon 2019Sunday, 7 April – Some 240 runners will wear Dianova’s colours to support a fundraising campaign aimed at funding new reception facilities and vocational training courses, and to say no to the trivialization of drug use. The beneficiaries of Dianova in Italy will also participate in the event and we wish them all a great success!

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  13. 02 Apr

    World Autism Awareness Day

    From 02/04/2019 to 02/04/2019

    World Autism Awareness DayPeople with autism are subject to multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination which limit their enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms. The World Autism Awareness Day focuses on the importance of empowering people with autism and involving them and their representative organizations in policy and decision making to address these challenges.

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  14. 14 Mar

    62nd Session of CND and Ministerial Segment

    From 14/03/2019 to 22/03/2019

    62nd Session of the CNDThe 62nd Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs will be held in Vienna (Austria) from 18 to 22 March 2019 (tentative dates) and the High Level Ministerial Segment will precede it, on 14-15 March, 2019. This meeting will be dedicated to examining the implementation of joint commitments to deal with the global drug problem.

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  15. 11 Mar


    From 11/03/2019 to 22/03/2019

    csw63-2019The sixty-third session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Representatives of Member States, UN entities and ECOSOC-accredited NGOs from all regions of the world will attend the commission which priority theme will be:  social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls

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  16. 08 Mar

    International Women’s Day 2019

    From 08/03/2019 to 08/03/2019

    International Women's Day, 8 March“Think equal, build smart, innovate for change” – the theme for the International Women’s Day will focus on innovative ways in which we can advance gender equality and the empowerment of women, , particularly in the areas of social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure.

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  17. 01 Mar

    Zero Discrimination Day

    From 01/03/2019 to 01/03/2019

    Zero Discrimination DayDiscrimination is often based on misinformation or fear of the unknown. By reflecting on people in everyday situations, on Zero Discrimination Day, 1 March, UNAIDS is challenging people to recognize where everyday discrimination takes place and to take action to stop it.

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  18. 25 Feb

    CND, 62nd Session – Intersessional Meeting

    From 25/02/2019 to 25/02/2019

    CND 62nd sessionThe second Intersessional meeting of the 62nd session of the Commission of Narcotic Drugs will be held in Vienna. The Draft agenda includes the preparations for the regular 62nd session of the Commission (18-22 March) and the Ministerial Segment of the same session (14-15 March).

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  19. 20 Feb

    World Day of Social Justice

    From 20/02/2019 to 20/02/2019

    Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. We uphold the principles of social justice when we promote gender equality or the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants. We advance social justice when we remove barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.

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  20. 06 Feb

    International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

    From 06/02/2019 to 06/02/2019

    Stop female genital mutilationFemale genital mutilations reflect deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women and girls. The practice also violates their rights to health, security and physical integrity, and their right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.

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  21. 10 Dec

    International conference on drug demand reduction

    From 10/12/2018 to 14/12/2018

    NACADA-ISSUP International conferenceThe NACADA-ISSUP International conference on drug demand reduction will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, with a view to providing a platform for stakeholders to share their experiences in addressing the challenge of alcohol and drug abuse.

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  22. 05 Dec

    CND reconvened 61st session

    From 05/12/2018 to 07/12/2018

    CND reconvened 61st sessionThe reconvened 61st session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs will be devoted to preparations for the ministerial segment to be held during the sixty-second session of the Commission in March 2019.

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  23. 26 Sep

    9th Forum of NGOs in Partnership with UNESCO

    From 26/09/2018 to 27/09/2018

    The Forum of NGOs will take place in Tunis (Tunisia) on 26 and 27 September 2018 on the theme “Another Perspective on Migration” – Migration has now become part of our societies’ daily life, however the deterioting conditions of migrants and the alarming increase in their mortality rate call for new actions to strenghten global solidarity and protect their fundamental rights. Invitation letterPractical information

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  24. 20 Sep

    XVII International EWODOR Symposium

    From 20/09/2018 to 21/09/2018

    Pathways and Challenges to Addiction Recovery: the role of treatment, self-help and other mechanisms of change. Organized by the Ghent University and the drug-free treatment programme De Kiem, the XVII sympositum of the  European Working Group on Drug-oriented Research (EWODOR) will examine the  recovery process, including the pathways that promote such process or the challenges that impede it.  Venue: Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Ghent (Belgium).

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  25. 27 Jun

    Celebration of 20 years of work in the Dianova network

    From 27/06/2018 to 30/06/2018


    June 27th – 30th, 2018, Lisbon, Portugal. Dianova organises the “Learning network – Trends and Challenges for 21st century NGOs” symposium and a visit to the Quinta das Lapas therapeutic community in Portugal to commemorate its twentieth anniversary.

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  26. 25 Jun

    7th European Drugs Summer School

    From 25/06/2018 to 06/07/2018

    The University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL) and the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA) will be joining forces once again next summer to hold the seventh European drugs summer school (EDSS) on ‘Illicit drugs in Europe: demand, supply and public policies’. Registration is now open for the two-week course, which will take place in the Portuguese capital from 25 June to 6 July

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  27. 18 May

    Countering Xenophobia & Discrimination: Voices from the Regions

    From 18/05/2018 to 18/05/2018

    1:15 pm – 2:45 pm – United Nations Headquarters, NY,  conference room 7 – Co-sponsored by the subcommittee on Countering Xenophobia and Fostering Social Inclusion of the NGO Committee on Migration, the event will gather speakers from the International Organization for Migration and representatives from social services, associations for psychology, and research centres on migration. Moderation: S. König-Reis, Dianova International representative to the UN

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  28. 17 May

    Voices of Youth Against Gun Violence

    From 17/05/2018 to 17/05/2018

    #Never Again! Forum supporting the voices of youth against gun violence – Venue: United Nations Headquarters, NY, Room TBC, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm – The NGO Committee on Children’s Rights and the NGO Committee on Mental Health organize this event in partnership with the Mission of Liberia to the UN and cosponsored by Dianova, ATD Fourth World and other organizations. The event will feature youth activists and representatives of Missions at the UN, UN agencies and civil society. Click here to register

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  29. 14 May

    25th Mayors’ Conference and 6th World Forum Against Drugs

    From 14/05/2018 to 15/05/2018

    ECAD and World Federation Against Drugs invite you to the 25th Mayors` Conference and the 6th World Forum Against Drugs in Gothenburg, Sweden – The conference will gather  leading experts in preventing drug use, treating and rehabilitating drug abuse and addiction as well as controlling drug related crime and supply of drugs. Participants will review the best practices for prevention by presenting new and revised international standards for prevention. In addition, the concept of full recovery from addiction will be explored.

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  30. 07 May

    XX Ibero-American Seminar on Drugs and Cooperation

    From 07/05/2018 to 09/05/2018

    “20 years sharing and contributing solutions from civil society” – Venue: Palacio de Cibeles, Madrid (Spain) – The 20th seminar of the Ibero-American Network of NGOs working on Drugs and Addictions (RIOD) will launch a debate on the evolution of the drug phenomenon over the last 20 years focusing, among others, on the analysis of the situation in Spanish-speaking countries, the impact of drug policies in the region and the public policies responses.

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  31. 01 May

    WHO Expert Committee on Drug Dependence

    From 01/05/2018 to 01/05/2018

    The 40th Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) will be held in May 2018 at the WHO Headquarters, Geneva. The 40th ECDD will be dedicated to carrying out pre-reviews of cannabis and cannabis related substances. (Date to be confirmed) Call for experts

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  32. 23 Apr

    5th International Conference on Behavioral Addictions

    From 23/04/2018 to 25/04/2018

    ICBA conferenceHeld in Cologne, Germany, the 5th International Conference on Behavioral Addictions (ICBA) will provide a unique opportunity to share scientific knowledge on non-substance related addictions ranging from genetic and neurobiological research to psychological and clinical approaches in epidemiological, sociological and anthropological fields.

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  33. 13 Apr

    8th Summit of the Americas

    From 13/04/2018 to 14/04/2018

    The Summits of the Americas are institutionalized gatherings of the heads of state and government of the Western Hemisphere where leaders discuss common policy issues, affirm shared values and commit to concerted actions at the national and regional level to address continuing and new challenges faced in the Americas. The Eighth Summit of the Americas will be held in Lima, Peru.

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  34. 11 Apr

    From the “war on drugs” to regulation of production, trade and use of psychoactive drugs

    From 11/04/2018 to 13/04/2018

    War on drugsThis conference will be held in Paris (France) with the aim to bring together researchers who have done historical and ethnographic research on the modalities and effects of drug regulation and prohibition in the Americas as well as on the social violence related to the war on drugs and the actions taken in response. Read report (in French)


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  35. 23 Mar

    CSW62 Special Event – Media Portrayal of Intimate Partner Violence

    From 23/03/2018 to 23/03/2018

    Friday, 23 March 2018, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm – Church Center for the United Nations, 777 UN Plaza (44th Street and First Avenue), New York City, 2nd Floor Conference Room. The event will feature speakers from the NYC Family Justice Center, Columbia University, and the Albert Einstein/Montefiore Hospital – View Flyer

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  36. 21 Mar

    Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development

    From 21/03/2018 to 23/03/2018

    Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development,The Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development is an annual event held in Bonn (Germany). It is designed to provide a dynamic and interactive space to showcase the latest innovations, tools and approaches to SDG implementation. The 2018 Festival will focus on three core themes: Innovation and disruptive change; Citizen engagement, and; Communicating the SDGs.

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  37. 20 Mar

    ‘Seek, Keep, Treat’ – What does it mean for service provision?

    From 20/03/2018 to 20/03/2018

    Scottish Drugs Forum logoThis conference by Scottish Drugs Forum will to explore the implications of the “Seek, keep and treat” approach, a new drug treatment strategy developed by the Scottish Government. The approach is supposed to address issues identified most recently in Scottish Drugs Forum’s work on reducing drug-related deaths and on the needs of older people with a drug problem. Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow – 10.00 – 16.00

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  38. 19 Mar

    Harm Reduction Academy 2017

    From 19/03/2018 to 13/07/2018

    Harm reduction academyThe Harm Reduction Academy is a global learning, dialogue and skills building course established with the vision to end AIDS and Hepatitis C among people who inject drugs. This year, the Academy will be organizing a 6-month course of which 3 weeks will be dedicated to field visits to Kyiv, Mombasa and Kuala Lumpur. View pdf brochure

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  39. 16 Mar

    CSW62 Special Event – The Role of Education to Achieve Gender Equality

    From 16/03/2018 to 16/03/2018

    A parallel event to the 62nd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62) – Date and Venue: March 16, 12:30 pm – 4W 43rd Str. Room: Gallery, New York, NY

    Co-organized by Dianova, the Dialogue Institute Southwest and the Pan Pacific and South East Asia Women’s Association (PPSEAWA), the event will address the role of education to achieve gender equality among refugee women in the United States.

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  40. 16 Mar

    CND61 Special Event – Human rights and quality standards in drug treatment

    From 16/03/2018 to 16/03/2018

    A side event to the 61st Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna – This event will explore the many human rights violations related to addiction treatment and how drug policies should help overcome this problem. Friday 16 of March, 1:10 – 2:00 pm. Conference Room M-3 – Coorganized by Dianova, IDPC, RIO, SPYM and sponsored by the Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services

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  41. 13 Mar

    CSW62 Special Event – Education for Sustainable Development: a Tool to Empower Rural Women & Girls

    From 13/03/2018 to 13/03/2018

    A side event to the 62nd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62) – Venue: 4 West 43rd Street, Gallery, New York, NY

    – Education can be a powerful tool to build a more conscious generation of young women and men and to accelerate the establishment of fairer societies, where rural women and girls can have equal opportunities to thrive.

    An event co-organized by Dianova, PPSEAWA, GBCS, Medical Mission Sisters and Peace Boat US

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  42. 13 Mar

    CND61 Special Event – Shedding light on the science of therapeutic communities

    From 13/03/2018 to 13/03/2018

    A side event to the 61st Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna –  “Shedding light on the science of therapeutic communities – reviewing the latest evidence, sharing experiences from different fields and exploring their potential”. Tuesday, 13th March. 2.20-3.50 pm. Conference Room M7. Organized by the Governments of Greece and Spain, Dianova, Association Proyecto Hombre, KETHEA and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

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  43. 12 Mar

    61st Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND)

    From 12/03/2018 to 16/03/2018

    CND logoThe 61st Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) will be held in Vienna, Austria – after reviewing and analysing the global drug situation, this United Nations commission is in charge of taking action through resolutions and decisions. As in previous years, side events can be organized by NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC. Applications should be made by submitting this application form to the Secretariat to the Governing bodies from 2 January to 19 January 2018

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  44. 12 Mar

    62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

    From 12/03/2018 to 23/03/2018

    The sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62) will take place at the United nations Headquarters in New York with representatives of member states, UN entities  and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world. The priority theme of the session will be: Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls

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  45. 12 Mar

    CND61 Special Event – 40 Years of Drugs, Drug Addiction and Recovery

    From 12/03/2018 to 12/03/2018

    A side event to the 61st Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna –  “40 years of drugs, drug addiction and recovery: a balance of the drug situation and its evolution since 1978” – Monday 12 March, 2:20 – 3:10 pm. Conference Room MOE79.

    The event will be organized jointly by the Government of Italy, the San Patrignano Foundation, Dianova International and Recovered Users Network (RUN)

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  46. 01 Mar

    CoNGO 26th General Assembly

    From 01/03/2018 to 03/03/2018

    CoNGO logoThe 26th General Assembly of the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO) will be held in Geneva (Switzerland). CoNGO is and independent, international, nonprofit membership association of NGOs dedicated to facilitate NGO participation in the UN debates and decision-making. The 2018 General Assembly will elect a new President and Board.

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  47. 26 Feb

    Eastern Africa Harm Reduction Conference

    From 26/02/2018 to 01/03/2018

    Eastern Africa Harm Reduction ConferenceHosted by KNCO and Partners at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies, this conference will be the first of its kind in the East African region and will bring together all those at the heart of harm reduction. It will be dedicated to sharing knowledge, experience and strategies in HR programming, and to providing inter-sectorial debates to define the value of HR policies in the region and Africa

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  48. 23 Feb

    Sacred Plants in the Americas

    From 23/02/2018 to 25/02/2018

    Sacred Plants in the Americas logoThe international conference “Sacred Plants in the Americas” will be held in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico; it will be dedicated to exploring and discussing aspects related to the diversity of uses of psychoactive plants throughout history, as well as their current use, both in traditional and none-traditional contexts such as scientific research.

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  49. 21 Feb

    CND Intersessional Meeting 2018

    From 21/02/2018 to 21/02/2018

    The First CND Intersessional meeting 2018 will be held on 21 February 2018 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Boardroom D, 4th floor, C-Building of the Vienna International Centre, Vienna, Austria.

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  50. 05 Feb

    The Future of the Rohingya: Voices of Reason

    From 05/02/2018 to 05/02/2018

    Hosted by the Permanent mission of Bangladesh to the United Nations and the NGO Committee on Migration, a side event to the 56th Session of the Commission on Social Development will take place from 1:15pm to 2:30pm at the UN Headquarters in New York.

    Participants will address the dramatic situation of the Rohingyas, one of the most persecuted minorities in the world.

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  51. 29 Jan

    56th Commission for Social Development

    From 29/01/2018 to 07/02/2018

    56th session for social developmentConference Room 4, United Nations Headquarters – New York. The Commission is the advisory body responsible for the social development pillar of global development. The priority theme for the 2018 policy cycle is: Strategies for eradicating poverty to achieve sustainable development for all. View draft programme

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  52. 20 Jan

    Women’s March on New York City

    From 20/01/2018 to 20/01/2018

    NOW logoOver the past year, healthcare for millions has been threatened and women, immigrants, LGBTQ+, and people of color have struggled to exercise their rights. Participants in the Women’s March on New York City will raise their voices to demand equality for all and defend their civil rights. As they put it, it’s time to stand up and speak out against the current US administration’s agenda.  More information:  Women’s March Alliance FAQ

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  53. 17 Jan

    20th Bangkok International Symposium on HIV Medicine 2018

    From 17/01/2018 to 19/01/2018

    BIS 2018 logoThe symposium will be held at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center; it will provide a review of the management of HIV infection and of the efforts to improve access to therapy in addition to the latest updates on research into HIV treatments and vaccines.

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  54. 11 Jan

    NGO Committee on Migration Monthly Meeting

    From 11/01/2018 to 11/01/2018

    Church Center of the United Nations, New York, 11am. As a member of the Subcommittee on Countering Xenophobia and Promoting Social Inclusion, Dianova is co-organizing the next meeting of the NGO Committee on Migration in New York. With movies screening and debates, the event will promote respect, safety and dignity for refugees and migrants. View flyer

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  55. 11 Jan

    NGO Committee on Mental Health Monthly Meeting

    From 11/01/2018 to 11/01/2018

    NGO Committee on Mental Health logoSalvation Army, New York City – The NGO Committee on Mental Health is a network of professionals and experts promoting mental health at national and international fora, particularly at the United Nations. The meeting will discuss the relations between racism, intolerance and mental health. Dianova has been a member of the Executive Committee of NGO CMH since September 2017. Click here to view flyer

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  56. 13 Dec

    Sixty-second Regular Session of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD)

    From 13/12/2017 to 15/12/2017

    The upcoming session of CICAD will be held in Washington DC. CICAD is the Western Hemisphere’s policy forum for dealing with the drug problem. The CICAD Executive Secretariat supports the Commission by strengthening the human and institutional capabilities and channeling the collective efforts of its member states to reduce the production, trafficking and use of illegal drugs.

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  57. 27 Nov

    Annual Meeting of the CSF

    From 27/11/2017 to 29/11/2017

    27-29 November – The Civil Society Forum on Drugs is a platform for a structured dialogue between the European Commission and civil society. It will meet in Brussels to report on the work done and to hold a dialogue with representatives of the European Institutions.

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  58. 06 Nov

    20th IFNGO World Conference

    From 06/11/2017 to 08/11/2017

    06-08 November – The 27th IFNGO World Conference will be held in Macao under the theme “Understanding addiction, treatment, prevention and harm reduction policy”.

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  59. 06 Nov

    39th meeting of the Expert Committee on Drug Dependence

    From 06/11/2017 to 10/11/2017

    06-10 November – The WHO Expert Committee on Drug Dependence will gather in Geneva (Switzerland) to review a number of psychoactive substances with potential for dependence and abuse and make recommendations to the UN Secretary-General

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  60. 20 Sep

    16th European Federation of Therapeutic Communities Conference

    From 20/09/2017 to 22/09/2017

    The 16th EFTC conference will be held in Dublin (Ireland) on September 20, 21 and 22, 2017

    Pathways of Care to Recovery

    16th European Federation of Therapeutic Communities Conference

    The European Federation of Therapeutic Communities (EFTC) was established in 1981 and is a network of drug and alcohol treatment communities across Europe, and internationally, all learning from each other whilst ensuring delivery of quality and evidence based treatment and rehabilitation services.

    EFTC conference provides a learning platform for participants to present scientific and practitioner based research and to exchange ideas in relation to the conference themes:

    • Gender, women and families
    • Treatment in prison and secure environments
    • Mental health, well-being and intellectual difficulties

    Organised by Coolmine TC, Department of Health (Ireland) and European Federation of Therapeutic Communities (EFTC) this conference is an important knowledge exchange, learning and networking opportunity for academics, students and professionals in the substance abuse field.

    Abstract Submission

    As an effective knowledge transfer event, attending the EFTC conference means you will learn, be inspired by discussion and debates, and be motivated in your day-to-day work through new research, skills and networking with colleagues.

    The deadline for abstract submission is June 30th, 2017. Organizers seek 20 minute presentations in relation to the conference themes. Notifications to applicants will be issued in early July 2017.

    More information

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  61. 26 Jun

    WHO Forum on Alcohol, Drugs and Addictive Behaviours

    From 26/06/2017 to 28/06/2017

    WHO Forum, from 26 to 28 June, at the organization’s headquarters in Geneva (Switzerland)

    The World Health Organization (WHO) Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse organizes, for the first time, the global Forum on alcohol, drugs and addictive behaviours (FADAB) with a primary goal to enhance public health actions in these areas by strengthening partnerships and collaboration among public health oriented organizations, networks and institutions in the era of Sustainable Development Goals 2030.

    The Forum will provide an opportunity for a diverse group of stakeholders to build new and develop existing partnerships, networks and collaborative projects as well as discuss a variety of topics.

    Should you wish to participate please send your details to or directly to WHO at

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  62. 19 Jun

    OAS General Assembly in Mexico

    From 19/06/2017 to 21/06/2017

    “Strengthening Dialogue and Concertation for Prosperity”– Cancún, Quintana Roo (Mexico) 19-21 June

    General Assembly of the Organization of American States

    The 47th regular session of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) will take place on June 19-21, 2017 in Mexico City, Mexico. The theme of the Assembly, selected by Mexico in its capacity as host country of the event, will be: “Strengthening Dialogue and Concertation for Prosperity”.

    The main activity planned for Civil Society at the General Assembly is the “Dialogue of Heads of Delegation, the Secretary General, the Assistant Secretary General and Representatives of Civil Society Organizations, Workers, the Private Sector and Other Social Actors”.

    The Dialogue will be divided into segments on the following three thematic areas:

    • Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law
    • Integral Development and Prosperity in the Hemisphere
    • Multidimensional Security

    It is important to note that these same three thematic areas will be part of the intergovernmental panels to be carried out at the General Assembly.

    In order to center civil society efforts in preparation for this Dialogue, the work of civil society organizations will be carried out through thematic coalitions to be established by a process of self-management on the part of the organizations.

    Civil society organizations registered with the OAS and who wish to attend the 47 regular session of the OAS General Assembly must send the following documents regarding their organizations:

    • A communication (letter or email) to the OAS Secretary General, indicating their interest in attending the OAS General Assembly, and specifying the names of up to two representatives from their organization who will attend the event.
    • A report on the activity of the organization for 20116.

    More information on the OAS web site

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  63. 06 Jun

    CND Intersessional Meeting

    From 06/06/2017 to 06/06/2017

    Registration deadline:  26 May 2017

    The third Intersessional Meeting of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) will be held Tuesday, 6 June 2017 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.  at the Vienna International Centre in Board-Room D (4th floor of the C-Building)

    The provisional agenda for the intersessional meeting is as follows:

    • Follow up to the regular 60th session of the CND
    • Preparations for the reconvened 60th session
    • Follow up to the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem
    • Contributions to the work of the Economic and Social Council
    • Other business

    All organisations in consultative status with ECOSOC are invited to send observers. Please send in your registration to or with your full name and your organisations full name no later than 26 May 2017.

    Should your organisation not be in consultative status with ECOSOC please send in your application (name of designated observer, name of organisation, reason why you wish to observe) to no later than 24 May 2017.

    Please be aware we are only able to provide a small number of additional observation spots for this intersessional.

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  64. 30 May

    The Future of EU Drug Policy

    From 30/05/2017 to 30/05/2017

    “Can We Do More to Prevent Drug-related Deaths?” an event by the EPP Group in the European Parliament – 30 May 2017, 16:30-18:30, European Parliament, Brussels, Room 6Q1, József Antall Building

    The European commission notes that at least 6800 people died from overdose in the EU in 2014 and that there has been no recorded decrease in the use of drugs since 2013. To minimize adverse effects of drug abuse and overdose fatalities, the Commission recommends upscaling harm reduction measures and best practices on treatment between member states.

    As part of the mid-term review of the EU Drugs Strategy, the European Commission has put forward a proposal for a new Action Plan (2017-2020). This event aims to:

    • Provide an overview on drugs policies in Europe and the scale of the problem;
    • Present European Commission’s plan for the coming years
    • Raise awareness of the best practices in harm reduction promoted by the United Nations and the World Health Organization (WHO)
    • Discuss how to tackle barriers to treatment and prevent drug-related deaths.

    Information: Grace Jett


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  65. 18 May

    Children and Youth’s Mental Health for the Realization of SDGs

    From 18/05/2017 to 18/05/2017

    Thursday, May 18, 1:00 to 4:00 pm – Baha’i International Community, 866 United Nations Plaza – New York

    1:00 to 2:00 pm: meetings of working groups on racism, trauma, children, refugees, human rights, gender, media and non-communicable diseases

    2:00 to 4:00 pm: Panel discussion

    Introductory remarks and moderator, Saionara König-Reis (Dianova International) – “The interlinkages between children and youth’s mental health and the sustainable development goals”.


    Maria Pia Belloni Mignatti, World Organization for Early Childhood education (OMEP) and Chair of the NGO Committee on Migration – “The importance of early childhood development in alleviating childhood trauma, toxic stress and deprivation.”

    Shervin Shadianloo, M.D., Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Hofstra Northwell School of  Medicine “Gender and Sexuality minorities in Children and Youth’s development.”

    Dana Kaplan M.D., Child Abuse Specialist, Staten Island University Hospital“The impact of  child abuse to the mental health.”

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  66. 24 Mar

    2017 Students for Sensible Drug Policy Conference

    From 24/03/2017 to 26/03/2017

    SSDP2017 will bring more than 400 student members, alumni, and supporters to Portland, Oregon March 24-26 for an annual gathering featuring:

    • Logo SSDPEducational programming. The core conference program will include prominent keynote speakers and panels addressing the hottest topics in policy, harm reduction, leadership, organizing, and advocacy.
    • Awards Ceremony + Dance Party. SSDP recognizes outstanding network members with an annual awards ceremony followed by a dance party.
    • Student Congress. Our annual student board member election and governing resolution process invites all SSDP members to participate in defining their SSDP.
    • And more. An alumni gathering, regional meetups, networking meals, and other events offer nearly non-stop opportunities to connect with advocates and leaders of the drug policy reform movement!

    Click here for more about the conference

    About SSDP

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  67. 13 Mar

    60th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND)

    From 13/03/2017 to 17/03/2017

    Commission on Narcotic DrugsThe Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) was established by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in 1946, to assist the ECOSOC in supervising the application of the international drug control treaties.


    The Commission holds annual sessions in the first half of the year, as well as one-day reconvened sessions at the end of each year to consider administrative and budgetary matters. In addition, inter-sessional meetings of the Commission are convened to finalize the provisional agenda of the Commission; to address organizational and substantive matters; and to provide continuous and effective policy guidance.

    60th Session of the CND: Side Events Organized by Dianova Member Organizations and their Partners

    Side events including meetings, presentations or panel discussions may be organised by member states, intergovernmental or non-governmental organisations on topics relevant to the work of CND but outside the formal agenda of the Commission. This year, the side events organized by Dianova and its partners include:

    Monday, 13 March

    “The Triple R Project: Rehabilitation, Social Reinsertion and Justice Intervention. Highlights and Suggestions for Policymakers and Practitioners”

    • Organized by the San Patrignano Foundation, Dianova Spain, Basta Sweden, Popov Belgium, World Federation Against Drugs, Recovered Users Network and EURAD.
    The event will present lessons learnt and best practices in the field of recovery and illustrate actions points and policy suggestions in drug demand reduction interventions.

    Wednesday, 15 March

    “The Versatility of Therapeutic Communities” 

    • Organized by Dianova International, Proyecto Hombre Association and KETHEA.

    The therapeutic community model is one of the most effective approaches to helping addicted people and their families in their rehabilitation and recovery process. The panel will explore how therapeutic communities have been able to provide solutions tailored to a wide range of profiles and behavioural patterns related to substance and non-substance addictions. In addition, participants will show how therapeutic communities have taken advantage of their facilities to develop alternative or complementary programmes, including methadone maintenance or detoxification programmes, treatment of dual pathology, gender-specific programmes, etc.

    Thursday, 16 March

    “Drug Awareness on Adults: A Five Step Approach to Prevention”

    • Organized by the Turkish Green Crescent, Dianova Portugal, EURAD, and NTAKK

    Developed by the Turkish Green Crescent Society, ‘Drug Awareness on Adults’ (DAWAP), is an international project funded by Erasmus to increase drug addiction awareness amongst adults in Turkey, Portugal, Holland, and Lithuania.

    This project is implemented in a five step model, comprised of a Staff Training Program (STP); Pre- and Post- Surveys on Awareness; Strategic Communication Plan (SCP); and International Competition. This event will open up a discussion on the drug awareness levels of adults in different countries by providing original data conducted in partner countries. Other subjects for discussion will include information on communication strategies to increase awareness among parents.

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  68. 13 Mar

    61st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61)

    From 13/03/2017 to 24/03/2017

    ‘Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work’

    The sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 13 to 24 March 2017. The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), is a global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women.


    The sixty-first session of the Commission will address as its priority theme ‘Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work’. In addition, it will evaluate progress in the implementation of the agreed conclusions from the fifty-eighth session (2014) on ‘Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls’.

    NGO Participation

    The active participation of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) is a critical element in the work of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). NGOs have been influential in shaping the current global policy framework on women’s empowerment and gender equality: the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. They continue to play an important role in holding international and national leaders accountable for the commitments they made in the Platform for Action.

    Side Events

    The programme of side events, or activities organized outside the formal programme of the session of the Commission, provides an excellent opportunity for Member States, UN entities and NGOs to discuss themes of the Commission and other critical gender equality issues.

    This year, the Dianova Network is involved in the organization of 5 side events :

    March 16

    Violence, Crises, Adversity, and Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs): Implications for Global Health and Well-Being of Women and Children.

    March 18

    Empowerment through Education: Women’s Participation in Decision Making Processes and Economic Life

    March 21

    Countering Xenophobia: The Social and Economic Contribution of Migrant Women

    March 22

    Challenges and Opportunities for Migrant Women Economic Empowerment

    March 23

    Innovations in Educational, Technology & Mental Health for Economic and Social Empowerment.

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  69. 02 Feb

    Peaceful Solutions to the War on Drugs: Collective Voices from the Frontline

    From 02/02/2017 to 02/02/2017

    Panel discussion followed by open debate

    Three grassroots organizations representing the frontline of the drug war; people who have used drugs , families, criminal justice professionals and the two leading drug policy reform organizations have created a coalition. We invite you to an evening of discussion and debate with the aim of growing this movement for peace. The Scottish Recovery consortium will be chairing this event

    Recovering Justice: Founded by people in recovery from substance use who believe that the criminalization and stigmatization of people who use drugs is inhumane, ineffective counterproductive and costly.

    Anyone’s Child:Families for Safer Drug Control : an international network of families whose lives have been wrecked by current drug laws and are now campaigning to change them. We believe that our drug laws need to properly protect our children. That’s why we urgently need a new approach to keep all of our families safe.

    Transform: A charitable think tank campaigning for an end to the drug war. They actively campaign for drug law reform, including the legal regulation of drug production supply and use. “Transform has been at the cutting edge of drug policy analysis for almost 20 years and is recognized as one of the motivating forces for global reform” Ruth Dreifuss former President of Switzerland.

     The Scottish Recovery Consortium (SRC): A recovery-orientated charity. We exist to build and promote recovery from addictions in Scotland using means and messages that are consistent with the values and practices of recovery from addictions.

    Release: The national centre of expertise on drugs and drugs law. The organization campaigns for evidenced-based drug policies that are founded on principles of public health rather than a criminal justice approach.

    Leap UK: An organization made up of current and former members of the law enforcement and criminal justice communities who are speaking out about the failures of our existing drug policies.

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  70. 31 Jan

    Conference HepHIV 2017

    From 31/01/2017 to 02/02/2017

    The HepHIV2017 is the second European conference to bring together the fields of HIV and viral hepatitis on earlier diagnosis of the two related conditions.

    HepHIV 2017 Conference: HIV and Viral Hepatitis: Challenges of Timely Testing and Care

    HIV in Europe has had a long lasting aim of improving testing and linkage to care, and in addition to 2017 marking 10 years of HIV in Europe it is also the final year of the OptTEST by HiE project. The various work packages in OptTEST have been working on different areas of improving testing and linkage to care, and results from what they have been working on will be presented during the HepHIV 2017 Conference.

    All registrations and abstract submissions for the conference must be submitted through the online registration system. Before you can register, you need to create a conference profile from which you can enter the registration system.

    Scientific Programme

    The Conference will take place in Malta from 31 January to 2 February 2017 on Corinthia Hotel, located at the entrance to St- George’s Bay.

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  71. 12 Dec

    NGO International Conference 2016

    From 12/12/2016 to 14/12/2016

    The NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee to organize the 2016 International Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations on the theme: “The challenge of the digital revolution for NGOs”

    Paris (France) – Monday, 12 December 2016 – 10:00 am to Wednesday, 14 December 2016 – 6:00 pm

    NGO International Conference 2016


    The 2016 Conference will focus on the theme “The challenge of the digital revolution for NGOs” and will be organized around four subthemes: “The digital revolution and its impact on the diversity of cultural expressions”; “The challenge of access to digital information”; “Does e-learning address challenges of education systems worldwide?”; and, “Science and the digital revolution: which ethical implications?”.

    The Conference is a key forum in which UNESCO’s official NGO partners meet to review the state of cooperation with UNESCO. This year’s Conference will provide a welcome opportunity to examine collective NGO action carried out in 2015 and 2016, and will adopt the main lines of collective cooperation for 2017-2018.

    More information on the NGO Liaison Committee website

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  72. 30 Nov

    5th WFTC Institute in Mallorca

    From 30/11/2016 to 03/12/2016

    Members of the World Federation of Therapeutic Communities (WFTC) meet in a conference-congress with the objective of sharing progress in a climate of dialogue and discussion

    Mallorca (Spain) – 30 November – 3 December

    WFTC Institute 2016


    We are looking forward to the WFTC institute that will be held in Mallorca, Spain, from November 30th to December 3rd. Like the very successful institute held in Genoa, Italy the number of participants will be limited to 250 representing a cross section of member programs. The Genoa Declaration will be the basis for our review of the state of the art in the field of recovery.

    We are witnessing a quickly changing world. The changes range from breaking down accepted social norms and agreed upon behavioral expectations to redefining old alliances. There are times when accepted norms seem to have been lost due to a surrender to the siren call of immediate gratification. The increase in addictions from new and old drugs, the internet, gambling and violence makes the presence of Therapeutic Communities more necessary then ever. Once again it is time to review our ability to respond to these changes so as to widen our effort to help the people who come through our doors.

    The door was the symbol of Progetto Uomo in Rome. A light came from inside the room as a young person looked in deciding whether to enter or not. The light in the room cast a long shadow behind a person entering. The opportunity to move from shadow to light is an apt symbol for the Therapeutic Community.

    We look forward to seeing you in Mallorca, where we will be greeted by one of the legends in our field, Tomeu Catala.

    Anthony Gelormino, President WFTC

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  73. 07 Nov

    Geneva Peace Week

    From 07/11/2016 to 11/11/2016

    By synchronizing meetings on different topics related to the promotion of peace, Geneva Peace Week maximizes synergies between organizations focused on the cross-cutting nature of peace.

    Geneva, Switzerland – 7 – 11 November, 2016

    Why Geneva Peace Week?

    gpwGeneva is home to a large number of international organizations, including more than 40 United Nations entities, a thriving community of non-governmental organizations and renowned academic and research institutions. Together, all these actors work for peace, rights and well- being, touching the lives of individuals across the world. Geneva Peace Week offers an opportunity to connect and highlight the work of these actors and to expand the space for dialogue about building peace and resolving conflict.

    What is Geneva Peace Week?

    The third Geneva Peace Week will be held from 7 to 11 November 2016 and is a collective action initiative facilitated by the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies (IHEID) and the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform with the support of Switzerland. By synchronizing meetings on different topics related to the promotion of peace during one week, Geneva Peace Week maximizes synergies between organizations in Geneva, focused on the cross-cutting nature of peace.

    Geneva Peace Week underlines that each and every person, actor and institution has a role to play in building peace and resolving conflict. It also highlights that peace promotion occurs in many different contexts and cuts across disciplines and sectors. In this sense, Geneva Peace Week highlights the importance of working outside the silos, that all-too-often characterize the international community, to enable more creative responses.


    Geneva Peace Week 2016 has two programme tracks.

    • Main Programme developed collaboratively between the UNOG, the founding Partners of the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform, organizations hosted in theMaison de la Paix, and the University of Geneva.
    • Programme of Side Events open for events organized by Permanent Missions, International Organizations, and non-governmental organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC.

    View the full programme here.

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  74. 03 Nov

    Sixth International Forum of NGOs in Partnership with UNESCO

    From 03/11/2016 to 04/11/2016

    Sixth International Forum of NGOs in Official Partnership with UNESCO: From Promoting to Building Peace with NGOs

    Querétaro, Mexico, 3-4 November 2016

    entete-logo-enThe Sixth International Forum of NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO, on the theme “From promoting to building peace with NGOs” will take place in Querétaro, Mexico on 3 and 4 November 2016.

    The theme of this Forum, organized by the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee in close cooperation with UNESCO Secretariat in accordance with the Directives concerning UNESCO partnership with non-governmental organizations lies at the heart of UNESCO’s mandate and is expected to highlight meaningful experiences of promoting and building peace by NGOs.

    More information on the ONG UNESCO Liaison Committee web site

    6th Forum Pre-registration, before Sept. 19, 2016

    pdficonsm Practical information document

    pdficonsm Provisional programme

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  75. 22 Sep

    XVI International EWODOR Symposium

    From 22/09/2016 to 23/05/2016

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    This year’s EWODOR Symposium will focus on better understanding the process of empowerment which is promoted by the therapeutic community (TC) model of treatment for substance abuse and addiction.

    Location: Rome (Italy)

    Organisers: Dianova Italy, Dianova International and the Department of Special Needs Education at the University of Ghent, Belgium


    The aim is to examine the underlying driving forces of the empowerment process more closely through six different experiences: specialized therapeutic communities for migrants, children, the prison population, patients with dual disorders and patients with non-substance-related addictive disorders.


    The EWODOR symposium is open to those carrying out quantitative or qualitative research. Historical, philosophical and social contributions which relate to the subject from a theoretical perspective are also welcomed.

    The symposium is for researchers, post-graduate and PhD students, addiction professionals and  those working in the criminal justice system.

    Further Information

    XVI International EWODOR Symposium (in English and Italian)

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  76. 23 May

    2016 World Humanitarian Summit

    From 23/05/2016 to 24/05/2016

    world humanitarian summmit

    The first ever World Humanitarian Summit is an opportunity to face up to global challenges and improve global leadership and political will in order to put an end to conflicts, alleviate suffering and reduce risk. It will take place in Istanbul (Turkey)

    United Nations Secretary, Ban Ki-moon, has called for a global response to alleviating the suffering of millions of women, men, boys and girls affected by the humanitarian crisis.


    • Reinvigorate and reaffirm the commitment to humankind and the universality of humanitarian principles.
    • Create a set series of actions and agreements designed to allow countries and communities to be better prepared, to respond to crises and to become more resilient to adverse events and situations.
    • Share innovation and best practice which could help save lives across the globe, put those affected at the centre of humanitarian action and alleviate suffering.

    Key Themes

    The summit will address key themes such as the political leadership required to prevent and put an end to conflict, the fight for standards in the preservation of humanity, racial equality, forced displacement, natural disasters, how to move away from simply delivering humanitarian aid towards helping people resolve their own needs and provide humanitarian funding.


    More than 5,000 participants are expected at the summit. This includes Heads of State and Government, the communities affected by the crisis, private sector leaders, the heads of multilateral organisations, national and international non-governmental organisations, youth leaders, and representatives from civil society and the academic community.

    Further Information

    World Humanitarian Summit ’16

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  77. 04 May

    International Forum on Healthy Nightlife

    From 04/05/2016 to 06/05/2016

    2016 coimbra

    Recreational venues play an important role in the life of a city and of its young people, but they are closely linked to the undermining of healthy lifestyles and are associated with a variety of risk factors (sexuality, violence, alcohol and other substances, traffic accidents, etc.). As a consequence, the health and wellbeing of city’s residents is negatively impacted.

    How we see or perceive our city as a living space, share leisure, work or safety depend on how much we know and how we live, and what we do contributes to creating community ties.

    The International Forum on Healthy Nightlife has been organised to help prevent or overcome the problems related to late-night recreational venues and nightclubs.


    Taking part in the event will be sector experts, national and international institutions and researchers in the field.


    Main auditorium of the Coimbra Hospital and University Centre (Portugal)

    Further Information

    International Forum on Healthy Nightlife (in English and Portuguese)

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  78. 19 Apr

    United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on Drugs, 2016

    From 19/04/2016 to 21/04/2016

    2016 ungass

    This Special Session, which is the year’s most important drug-focused event, will take place in New York. But, what is it intended for? The United Nations Special Assembly can call Special Sessions (UNGASS) on particular issues when requested to by member states. In 1998, a UNGASS was held during which member states have agreed on a Policy Statement on the global control of drugs.

    Ten years later, member states met in Vienna to discuss progress and to agree on a new Policy Statement and Action Plan for international cooperation towards an integrated and balanced strategy for overcoming the global drugs issue. The next session of the UN General Assembly will take place in April, 2016.

    Preparation Process

    Many events have been organised and consultation processes carried out to prepare UNGASS. As an example, the Dianova network has taken part in the Informal Interactive Stakeholder Consultation ahead of the UNGASS session.

    Civil Society Participation

    There are many ways for NGOs to be involved in preparations for the UNGASS. They can:

    • Support and work together with international organisations to strengthen their influence on the international community and on the UN, and also to learn about the process.
    • Join the Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs (VNGOC) and/or the New York NGO Committee on Drugs (NYNGOC), as these committees will likely provide the formal mechanism through which civil society can participate in the UNGASS.
    • Inform public opinion on the framework of international drugs policy and the decision making process.
    • Encourage their governments to pursue more progressive drugs policies during the international debates.
    • Send a presentation to the UNODC, for publication on the civil society page of their official UNGASS web page.

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  79. 22 Mar

    CSW60 Parallel Event: “Women, Drugs and Development”

    From 22/03/2016 to 22/03/2016


    Dianova is organising a parallel event to the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60 – United Nations) in New York, entitled “Women, drugs and development”.


    The event hopes to highlight the need to adopt a gender-based approach to policy on the treatment and prevention of drug addiction. This is also a step forward in Dianova’s political advocacy activities.


    A variety of different sector actors will take part and will present a range of perspectives relating to women, drugs and development including: patterns of consumption amongst women, access to treatment, the need for further research, women’s involvement in illegal trafficking.

    • Lucía Goberna, Dianova International representative, will give the opening address.
    • Yu Ping Chan, from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in New York, will give an update on preparations for UNGASS and will talk about the profile of women drug-users as well as what needs to be taken into consideration in formulating drug policies.
    • Pervin Tuba Durgut from Yesilay, the Turkish Green Crescent Society, will present current trends in drug taking and access to addiction treatment for women in that country.
    • Cynthia Abrams, an expert on health and addiction on the General Board on Church and Society of the United Methodist Church, will focus on the importance of religious communities in providing enabling environments for the treatment of addiction and the importance of acknowledging the stigma that women who abuse substances must face.


    The event will be organized jointly with the following NGOs: Kethea, Proyecto Hombre, RUN, San Patrignano and WFAD.

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  80. 17 Mar

    Parallel Event to CND59: “Addiction Treatment in Southern Europe, Providing Solutions in Times of Crisis

    From 17/03/2016 to 17/03/2016


    Dianova will participate in the event entitled “Addiction treatment in southern Europe: providing solutions in times of crisis”, which is being organised to coincide with the 59th Session of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND).

    Dianova’s participation in events parallel to the CND has become an established practice. This will be the fifth consecutive year in which Dianova presents the activities of its network and its best practices in addiction treatment.


    The event will take place at UN headquarters in Vienna, which is also where the member countries will be holding the main debate on the global drug situation.


    The event will focus on the impact of the economic crisis on the voluntary sector in southern Europe and how organisations have adapted their services to respond to emerging needs.


    Dianova’s contribution will focus on how to maintain the quality and plurality of treatment models developed by voluntary sector organisations. It will share the platform with two other organisations specialising in addiction treatment: KETHEA (Greece) and Asociación Proyecto Hombre (Spain). Dianova International will be represented by Elena Goti, KETHEA by Phaedon Kaloterakis and Asociación Proyecto Hombre by Oriol Esculies.

    The event will be moderated by Dr. Gilberto Guerra, Chief of the Drug Prevention and Health Branch at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

    The event will be attended by representatives of the national delegations – Spain (represented by Sofía Aragón from the National Anti-Drugs Strategy), Greece, Hungary and Kenya – and by representatives of civil society in countries such as Slovenia, Romania and Indonesia. The organisation Drustvo Up, (Slovenia) an associate member of the Dianova Network, will be represented at the event by Robin Turk.

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  81. 10 Feb

    Informal Stakeholder Consultation ahead of the UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS)

    From 10/02/2016 to 10/02/2016


    The United Nations Informal Interactive Stakeholder Consultation is the most significant high-level consultation to take place ahead of theUN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the global drug problem, to be held in New York in April 2016.


    All interested parties will be consulted: Member States, civil society, the academic and scientific community and youth groups.

    Dianova has been selected from among hundreds of candidates to represent the voice of grass roots organisations on the panel on drugs and health. María de los Ángeles Lobos, Director of Dianova Chile’s treatment centre for women in Viña del Mar, will be representing the Dianova network at this event, along with Ms. Elena Goti.

    The United Nations will be represented by its highest office holders, including:

    Key Issues

    The consultation will take the form of an opening panel and two thematic round tables. The first of these will discuss the issues of “Drugs and health” from the perspectives of experts at the grassroots level and the second one will address “Drugs, human rights, community and development” and how to create synergies between member states and civil society to empower communities. Each round table will include representatives of civil society from different countries.

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  82. 05 Oct

    Civil Society Forum on Drugs (CSF) for the 2015-2017 Period

    From 05/10/2015 to 06/10/2015


    Dianova International has been selected along with 44 other NGOs to take part in the Civil Society Forum on Drugs (CSF) for the 2015-2017 period. The annual CSF meeting, which will be held in Brussels, will be attended by Dianova International´s representative Lucía Goberna.

    As highlighted in the Commission’s Green Paper of 26 June 2006, civil society participation is one of the cornerstones of the European Union’s anti-drugs policy. The CSF is a platform for structured dialogue between the Commission and European civil society, which supports policy formulation and implementation through practical advice.


    The forum will discuss CSF priorities for the years ahead, working groups will be organised and a meeting will be held with the EU’s Horizontal Working Party on Drugs (HDG).

    The CSF’s main areas of work for the coming years (to be addressed by the working groups) are as follows:

    • Minimum quality standards for drug demand reduction
    • Institutional relations with the EU and international structures
    • Input to the EU Drugs Strategy and Action Plan on Drugs
    • Civil society engagement in national drug policies

    Constitution of the new forum

    At the meeting, a new CSF council will be created and coordinators will be appointed for each working group. Dianova International will take part in the working groups on “Institutional relations with the EU and international structures” and “Civil society engagement in national drug policies”.

    One of the areas of work will be to draw up a list of the CSF’s priorities in relation to the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Drugs (UNGASS), to be forwarded to the European representatives responsible for defining the EU’s stance on this major event.

    A Participatory Process

    The process of consultation with civil society organisations and other stakeholders external to the European Commission is seen as an essential part of policy formulation, whether in terms of drugs or other issues. Civil society organisations play a major role in relaying the concerns of ordinary people, tackling social issues and seeking to ensure that these concerns are reflected in the EU’s political and social guidelines.

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  83. 23 Sep

    UNGASS: Drug Policy Consultation Forum at the European Parliament

    From 23/09/2015 to 23/09/2015

    Drug Policy Consultatio Forum in Brussels2016 will be a key year for global drug policies, as the UN General Assembly will be holding a Special Session on the topic (UNGASS), which it is hoped will be a milestone in terms of adopting more efficient and more humane practices.

    With this in mind, Europe Against Drugs (EURAD), Dianova International and Polish MEP Michal Boni are jointly organising a European Parliament-sponsored event which will present and appraise the forthcoming Special Session.


    The objective of the event is to inform participants of, and debate on, the many challenges arising from the current drug policies; it will also serve as a preparatory activity ahead of the UN General Assembly Special Session on the global drug problem.


    Members of the European Parliament, European institutions and representatives of civil society will have the opportunity to express their opinions. Over one hundred researchers, representatives of NGOs and government observers will meet to discuss drug policies and the UNGASS.

    The event will include the participation of speakers from the United Nations, the European Commission and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA).

    Further information

    European Parliament Event: the UNGASS (International Drug Policy Consortium)

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  84. 29 Apr

    57th Regular Session of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission

    From 29/04/2015 to 01/05/2015

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    The 57th regular session of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) was held in Washington DC. This is one of two occasions in the year when authorities from countries in the Organization of American States (OAS) meet to discuss drugs and their implications for the hemisphere.

    Dianova International participated as an observer to the commission’s work, along with other civil society representatives attending the session, and also contributed to a parallel event organized by NGOs and the government of Guatemala in the margins of the session.

    The three working days were led by Guatemala, who held the CICAD presidency for 2015. A consensus had to be sought to promote a change in the hemispheric paradigm of drug matters, focusing the debate around public health, and discussions and policies were centered on the individual, rather than on the substance.


    The Guatemalan Minister of Interior, Héctor Mauricio López Bonilla, the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy of the Unites States, Michael Botticelli, and the Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza, were present.


    In this session, participants reflected on alternatives to incarceration, based on experience. Canada, Barbados, USA, Colombia and Ecuador, presented models for alternatives implemented in those countries, as their input to the reflection on the experience of member states and to contribute with best practices to the Technical Report on Alternatives to Incarceration for Drug Related Crimes, which was being drafted and which is now available in the form of an on-line platform that member states can consult for best practices.

    Another topic for debate was that of New Psychoactive Substances, which pose an increasing challenge for the Americas. Continually updated information is needed to propose prevention and treatment plans, aimed mainly at young people, who are the population most vulnerable to these emerging trends.

    Preparing for UNGASS 2016

    In the margins of the regular session, an event exclusively for Commissioners was dedicated to the preparation for UNGASS 2016, the Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly on the World Drug Problem to be held in 2016.

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  85. 17 Mar

    Parallel Event to CSW 59: 20 Ways to Achieve Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

    From 17/03/2015 to 17/03/2015


    Dianova organized a parallel event at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 59). The Commission undertook a review of progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, 20 years after its adoption at the Fourth World Conference on Women, in 1995.


    During the session, which was held in New York from 9 to 20 March, Dianova organized a parallel event to support the review. This event took place at the United Nations Church Center in collaboration with the General Board of Church and Society (Methodist Church), IBON International and the Freedom from Fistula Foundation.


    In line with the goals of the Commission, Dianova and partners have analysed the challenges and progress achieved in advancing women’s rights and have identified 20 ideas for supporting the development agenda for women beyond 2015.


    The round table was moderated by Rev. Liberato Bautista, from the Methodist Church and there were four contributions from speakers representing different aspects of the women’s agenda:

    • Roma Bhattacherjea, specialist in International Development and Women’s Rights, sharedher experience in social development and in the area of women, peace and security.
    • Danica Bourque from Dianova Canada, together with Jeannie Sappa y Pascalle Laneuville presented Dianova’s work with the indigenous Inuit community.
    • Susan Burton, Director of Women’s and Children’s Advocacy, General Board of Church and Society, of the Methodist Church,  talked about current challenges for women.
    • Maria Theresa Nera-Lauron from IBON international focused her contribution on the concept of justice and its implications for women.


    The conclusions of the panel and discussion have been summarized in a report.

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  86. 11 Mar

    XV European Congress on Therapeutic Communities in Malaga

    From 11/03/2015 to 14/03/2015

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    The XV European Congress on Therapeutic Communities will be organized in Malaga by the Proyecto Hombre association and the European Federation of Therapeutic Communities (EFTC) is organizing the in Malaga.


    Among those who will be attending the congress are personalities such as philosopher José Antonio Marina, internationally-renowned TC expert George de León, and Gabriel Mejía, who was put forth for the Nobel Peace Prize.

    Dianova representative Gisela Rodríguez will be presenting her work methodology and her integral educational interventions developed at Dianova Spain’s Can Parellada center (Barcelona).


    A multitude of new profiles of people with addiction problems (women, youth, elderly population, patients with dual disorders, migrants, prison population) and what could be done to improve treatment efficiency will be debated at the congress, as a means to improve the practies developed in the Therapeutic Community treatment model.

    The central theme, “Therapeutic communities, promoting an integrative model” will invite one to reflect on the current phenomenon of drug consumption.

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  87. 09 Mar

    58th Session of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND58)

    From 09/03/2015 to 17/03/2015


    The 58th session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) will concentrate on the preparation of the General Assembly Special Session on the world drug problem (UNGASS) which will take place in April of 2016, with interactive debates and high-level sessions.


    High-level representatives will attend. As has occurred since 2008, Dianova International will be present through means of a delegation which will participate in different activities, fulfilling multiple functions.


    • CND58 will allow for a debate on drug policies between member states representatives and international and civil society organizations.
    • A special, high-level segment will be dedicated to the preparatory process of the UN General Assembly Special Session on the world drug problem (UNGASS).
    • Civil society representatives will emphasize the need of implementing a balanced approach to reducing drug supply and demand in addition to the importance of prevention, more particularly in adolescents.


    The session will be held at the Vienna International Center (Austria)

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    58th Session of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND58) (en inglés)

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