Past events

  1. 06 Dec

    VNGOC Informal Meeting

    From 06/12/2023 to 06/12/2023

    VNGOC Informal Meeting – Hybrid meeting, Vienna International Centre, 1:30 – 2:30 pm CET

    The board of the Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs is inviting all members and interested NGOs to participate in an informal membership meeting that will serve to discuss current issues and exchange updates and information including on the Global Coalition to Address Synthetic Drug Threats, the 67th CND and the high-level segment – online access: click below to receive meeting link

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  2. 04 Dec

    “Engaging Minds” Fireside Chats on Drug Policy

    From 04/12/2023 to 06/12/2023

    “Engaging Minds” – a series of fireside chats on drug policy – 4 – 6 December, Vienna International Centre, C-Building, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm (Vienna time)

    “Engaging Minds” is the title of a series of informal, open conversations with stakeholders aimed at supporting inclusive discussions on drug policy and stakeholder engagement in the lead-up to the 2024 mid-term review of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs. These chats will be organized with different stakeholders, starting with civil society, then scientists, and lastly, youth. Click below to access livestream

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  3. 04 Dec

    EMCDDA Webinar on Prevention of Infectious Diseases

    From 04/12/2023 to 04/12/2023

    Updated ECDC-EMCDDA guidance on prevention and control of infectious diseases among people who inject drugs: the practical implications – 4 December, 2023, 01:00 pm (CET)

    Injecting drug use remains an important risk factor for acquiring blood-borne and other infectious diseases; this webinar will provide guidance by the  by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) in order to support policymakers and public health and social programme planners – Click below to register

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  4. 23 Nov

    Dianova Event: Youth, Mental Health and Addictions

    From 23/11/2023 to 23/11/2023

    Young people, Mental Health and Addictions – Thursday 23 November 14:30  – 16:00 pm CET

    A virtual roundtable will explore the challenges faced by young people with mental health problems in relation to substance and non-substance addictions, identifying gaps and actions that need to be addressed. Experts will speak from different perspectives and from various regions of the world (in Spanish)  – Read presentation article, click on link below to access flyer

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  5. 23 Oct

    Commission on Narcotic Drugs: 2023 Thematic Discussions

    From 23/10/2023 to 25/10/2023

    2023 Thematic Discussions on the Implementation of All International Drug Policy Commitments, Following-up to the 2019 Ministerial Declaration – 23, 24, 25 October and 4-6 December

    In preparation for the 2024 Mid-Term Review, the Commission will conduct in 2023 a comprehensive stock-taking of progress made in implementing all international drug policy commitments to address the challenges identified in the 2019 Ministerial Declaration.  The first intersessional meeting will take place in October, and the second one in December. The registration will close on 18 October.

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  6. 23 Oct

    2023 EWODOR Symposium

    From 23/10/2023 to 23/10/2023

    EWODOR Symposium 2023 – 23 and 24 October, Dublin, Ireland

    The 2023 EWODOR (European Working Group On Drug-Oriented Recovery research) symposium will bring together researchers and practitioners from all over Europe to exchange recent insights and findings around addiction treatment and recovery. This year’s conference will focus on the role of support, connectedness and communities in promoting addiction recovery.

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  7. 12 Oct

    Communities and Civil Society in Global Health Governance

    From 12/10/2023 to 12/10/2023

    Principles of Meaningful Involvement of Communities and Civil Society in Global Health Governance – 12 October 2023, 11:00 AM UTC

    These principles have been developed by collating the experiences of communities and civil society in global health to suggest what lessons and principles we should take forward. The discussion will allow to introduce these principles and encourage an open debate on how they should be implemented and strengthened – Click on link to register

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  8. 12 Oct

    Boiling point: Understanding new developments in global drug policy

    From 12/10/2023 to 12/10/2023

    Boiling point: Understanding new developments in global drug policy, and why they matter – Online event, 12 October 2023, 15:00 – 16:30 (CET – Vienna)

    This online event will shine a light on some of the key UN developments, and their implications for the ongoing push for drug policies that advance social justice and human rights. Speakers will present reports from the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) – Spanish, English

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  9. 28 Sep

    Third Virtual Meeting FLACT/Proyecto Hombre

    From 28/09/2023 to 28/09/2023

    Third Virtual Meeting FLACT/Proyecto Hombre, Thursday, 28 September 2023, 3:30 – 5:30 pm CET

    The third Virtual Meeting between the Latin American Federation of Therapeutic Communities (FLACT) and the Proyecto Hombre Association will be held on 28 September 2023 to discuss the management of knowledge in addiction interventions. Simultaneous translation into Spanish, English and Portuguese. Click on the link below to register.


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  10. 15 Sep

    WOW Festival in Ottawa

    From 15/09/2023 to 15/09/2023

    WOW (Working on Wellness) Festival – 15 September 2023, 11:00 – 16:00, Marion Dewar Plaza, Ottawa (Canada)

    Organized by CAPSA (Community Addictions Peer Support Association), the WOW festival will bring together Substance Use Health, Mental Health and Physical Health communities under one umbrella. The festival will gather over 100 community partners, in presence of Mayor Mark Sutcliffe as well as captivating musical acts like “Starfire” and “Some Guy Named Johnny” – The event is free for all to attend.

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  11. 06 Sep

    Contemporary Drug Problems Conference

    From 06/09/2023 to 08/09/2023

    Contemporary Drug Problems Conference, Paris, 6-8 September

    The 2023 Contemporary Drug Problems conference, themed ‘Embracing trouble: new ways of doing , being, and knowing’ will bring together leading international researchers in drug use and addiction studies from a range of research disciplines and methods, both qualitative and quantitative. Conference hosted by the journal Contemporary Drug Problems, the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University (Australia), and other partners

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  12. 26 Jun

    European Drugs Summer School

    From 26/06/2023 to 07/07/2023

    European Drugs Summer School (EDSS) – Lisbon, 26 June – 7 July, in-person sessions

    The European Drugs Summer School prepares professionals and students to meet the complex policy challenges that face Europe and the World in the field of drugs. The 2023 edition will focus on mental health and drug-related issues, including dual diagnosis and integrated interventions. Students will also participate in study visits and interactive workshops.

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  13. 16 Jun

    Launch event: European Drug Report 2023

    From 16/06/2023 to 16/06/2023

    Launch event: European Drug Report 2023 – 16 June, Brussels, European Comission, Berlaymont, VIP corner, 13:00 CET – live streamed

    How many new drugs were detected in Europe over the last year? What are the latest trends in drug production and trafficking? What substances are causing the most concern today? Find out more when the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) launches its European Drug Report 2023: Trends and Developments

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  14. 09 Jun

    Expert Consultation on Drug Prevention

    From 09/06/2023 to 09/06/2023

    Expert Consultation on Drug Prevention – 9 June, Exhibition and Conference Centre (Palacio de Exposiciones y Congresos), Oviedo (Spain)

    The meeting will bring together a selection of 30 experts from civil society organizations, government and the academia to discuss prevention strategies at the international, national and local levels, with special participation of Dr. Wadih Maalouf, global coordinator for prevention at the UNODC. In addition, they will review the assessment of “Juego de Llaves” (key sets), a school-based prevention programme developed in partnership with the Spanish government, the UN and University of Oviedo.

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  15. 30 May

    ISSDP Annual Conference

    From 30/05/2023 to 01/06/2023

    16th Annual Conference of The International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP) – Leuven, Belgium, 30 May – 1 June

    ISSDP conference 2023

    The ISSDP, a society of scholars committed to advancing drug policy research, will organize its annual conference to address the following themes: new evidence and insights about cannabis policy changes; transformations in illegal markets; regional policy changes and challenges; the voices of lived experience in drug policy; drug policymaking and the use of evidence; forward-looking drug policy issues; and new data and methodological advances.

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  16. 09 May

    International Conference on Social & Vocational Integration

    From 09/05/2023 to 10/05/2023

    XXIV Conference of the Proyecto Hombre Association: International Seminar on Social & Occupational Integration, 9-10 May 2023, Madrid (España)

    Organised by the association Proyecto Hombre, the conference aims to present and promote innovative experiences in the field of socio-professional integration of people with addiction problems and/or social exclusion. Online participation: click below to receive streaming link

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  17. 08 May

    Teens and substance use: what can parents do?

    From 08/05/2023 to 08/05/2023

    Teens and substance use: what can parents do? – Webinar by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) – 8 May, 2023, 13:00 CEST (UTC+2)

    This webinar will discuss how to help adults better manage the risks or potential risks associated with substance use in adolescence according to evidence-based practices. In conversation with Ina Koning, prevention researcher, University of Amsterdam, Terese Glatz, parenting researcher, Örebro University, Sweden, Gregor Burkhart, senior prevention analyst, EMCDDA. Chairperson: Rachele Donini, prevention expert, Italy

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  18. 08 May

    25th Ibero-American Seminar on Drugs and Cooperation

    From 08/05/2023 to 10/05/2023

    25th Ibero-American Seminar on Drugs and Cooperation, RIOD – 8-10 May 2023, in Madrid and online

    The Ibero-American Network of NGOs working on Drugs and Addictions (RIOD) will organize its 25th annual seminar based on the following theme: “Creating intervention models and networks within public policies”. Click on link below to register and download programme

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  19. 04 May

    Drugs Consumption Rooms Around the World

    From 04/05/2023 to 05/05/2023

    Drug consumption rooms around the world: working together to provide a local response – Conference, 4-5 May 2023, Strasbourg, France

    A growing number of cities are supporting, experiementing with or planning the development of a drug consumption room: a pragmatic response to the health and social damage associated with the use of drugs.  the aim of the conference is to promote this model, and to harmonize French and European policies on risk and harm reduction.

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  20. 28 Apr

    Leadership and Organizational Climate – Free Webinar

    From 28/04/2023 to 28/04/2023

    Free Ecett Webinar for Managers – Friday 28 April, 10:00 am

    Ecett Networks, an association that organizes knowledge exchanges in the human service sector will dedicate a webinar to organizational issues, including a presentation by Anette McManmon, from Coolmine TC, a treatment centre that provides self-help based, residential recovery services, about the “Servant leadership approach”.

    The second presentation, by Krzistof Szadejko, will focus on the organizational climate and wellbeing of people, and how to improve them. Link to join the webinar: – click on button below to view the flyer

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  21. 16 Mar

    CND66 – Side Event by Dianova International

    From 16/03/2023 to 16/03/2023

    A Gender-Sensitive Drug Policy, What Does It Entail? Thursday 16 March, 9:10-10:00 am CET

    This in-person side event will present a number of challenges, as well as good practices opening the way to effectively mainstreaming a gender perspective into policies and programmes developed by international fora, intergovernmental organizations, Member States and civil society organizations – Organized by Dianova International on behalf of the Civil Society Forum on Drugs of the EU

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  22. 16 Mar

    CND66 – Side Event by WFTC

    From 16/03/2023 to 16/03/2023

    Opportunities and challenges within Therapeutic Communities to Serve Vulnerable Populations – From the declaration of Mallorca to the World social Report – 16 March 2023, 13:00-13:50 CET

    Organized by the World Federation of Therapeutic Communities (WFTC) with co-sponsoring of Dianova, Proyecto Hombre and other organizations, this online event will discuss the main actions to undertake in the areas of treatment, recovery and social reintegration of people with substance dependence following the declaration of Mallorca, as well as the scope of therapeutic communities by country and region based on the WFTC world social report – event available in English and Portuguese – click on link to access event

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  23. 15 Mar

    CND66 – Side Event by Association Proyecto Hombre

    From 15/03/2023 to 15/03/2023

    The Impact of Drugs on Children and Youth: Effective Responses – Wednesday, 15 March 2023, 08:00-08:50 am (CET)

    While much progress has been made, children and youth continue to be affected by the detrimental impact of drugs. Organized by Association Proyecto Hombre, this side event will focus on some of the ffective initiatives developed by community-based organizations in collaboration with member states and international organizations. The event will also provide an opportunity to present the views of young people through a statement by one of their representatives. Simultaneous interpretation English/Spanish available

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  24. 15 Mar

    CND66 – Side Event by RIOD/UNAD

    From 15/03/2023 to 15/03/2023

    Drugs and Criminal Justice – The Situation in Latin America and Spain – Side event to CND66, wednesday 15 March, 13:00-13:50 CET

    Organized by UNAD, the Spanish network for addiction treatment, and RIOD, the Latin-American network of organizations working in the field of addiction, this event will provide a gender-oriented perspective on the situation of inmates with substance use disorders in Spain, and that of family members of people incarcerated for drug-related offenses. Lastly, speakers will discuss overdoses in prison and the policies implemented in Latin American countries.

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  25. 15 Mar

    CND66 – Side Event by CCSA

    From 15/03/2023 to 15/03/2023

    It all Begins with health – Using a Substance Use Health Lens to Achieve Broad Improvements in Drug and Governement Policy – Wednesday 15 March, 08:00 – 08:50, Room MOE05

    Organized by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA), this side event will provide an opportunity to understand the principles of health with respect to substance use and its application in various areas.

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  26. 14 Mar

    CND66 – Side Event by RAG AP

    From 14/03/2023 to 14/03/2023

    Data Driven Prevention Programmes for Youth, Sports, Family Organisations, Community Included – Tuesday 14 March, 8:00-8:50 CET

    The Rotary Action Group for Addiction Prevention (RAG-AP) will organize this hybrid side event (in-person and online) to promote the design and implmenetation of data driven prevention programmes. Speakers will present a number of good practices that encourage action-oriented family prevention. Click on the link below to view flyer and access the event

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  27. 14 Mar

    CND66 – Side Event by RIO

    From 14/03/2023 to 14/03/2023

    Between Human Rights and Drug Control: Possibilities and Barriers for Ending Stigma for Drug Users – Tuesday 14 March, 09:10 – 10:00 CET, Room MOE05

    Organized by RIO, member of the Dianova network in Norway, this side event will seek to explore the topic of ending stigma for drug users within the framework of human rights and drug control policies. Click on link below to view flyer, including speakers’ list

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  28. 13 Mar

    66th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND)

    From 13/03/2023 to 17/01/2023

    66th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) – 13-17 March, 2023, The United Nations Office at Vienna (Austria)



     Side events and exhibitions may be organized by Member States, international organizations and NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC; application period: 9-20 January, click here for details. In addition, the Vienna NGO Committee is arranging a series of informal dialogues with the Executive Director of UNODC and the President of INCB among others. To submit a question, please fill in this form by 15 Feb.

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  29. 13 Mar

    CND66 – Side Event COPOLAD III

    From 13/03/2023 to 13/03/2023

    Promoting Human-Centered Drug Policies with a Sustainable Development Approach – COPOLAD III – European Union / Latin America and the Caribbean Cooperation – Monday 13 March, 13:00 – 13:50 CET, room M2

    In a relevant moment for the European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean partnership, this event will provide the opportunity to reflect and present some of the main pillars of COPOLAD III, a bi- regional cooperation program that promotes drug policy improvements to assure better results for the people and their communities.

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  30. 01 Mar

    CND66 – IDPC Webinar

    From 01/03/2023 to 01/03/2023

    CND66 – Key Issues and Opportunities – IDPC Webinar, 1 March 2023, 13:00 GMT via Zoom (Click to check your time zone)


    The webinar will focus on the 66th session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs  (CND) which will take place in Vienna from 13-17 March 2023. The webinar will shed light on the issues that are likely to weigh in on the discussions, including growing drug policy dissensions among Member States, tensions resulting from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and the preparations for the mid-term review of the 2019 Ministerial Declaration. The webinar will be available in English, Spanish and French. 

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  31. 24 Feb

    Low threshold and prevention – Ecett Webinar

    From 24/02/2023 to 24/02/2023

    Low threshold and prevention – Webinar, 24 February, 2023, 10:00 am (UTC +1)

    The Ecett network, an association that organizes knowledge exchanges between professionals in the human services sector, will host this webinar to discuss a number of practices dedicated to helping people who use drugs, whether by offering them small jobs (France), by providing them with day care interventions (Italy), or by dealing with the risk behaviours at night (Belgium) – Click here to join the webinar

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  32. 27 Jan

    Civil society perspectives ahead of the 152nd Session of the WHO Executive Board

    From 27/01/2023 to 27/01/2023

    What’s on, and what is to be done: Civil society perspectives ahead of the 152nd Session of the WHO Executive Board – 23- 27 January, 2023

    In the week before the 152nd Session of the WHO Executive Board, a series of public policy debates and civil society strategy meetings organized by the Geneva Global Health Hub (G2H2) and its members will provide spaces for sharing, assessing and debating health policy and governance challenges. The first debate will take place on Monday 23 January, 15:00 – 16:30 CET via Zoom. Click below for programme details and registration

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  33. 10 Jan

    The Impact of Substance Use on Louisiana Women & Families

    From 10/01/2023 to 10/01/2023

    The Impact of Substance Use on Louisiana Women & Families, January 10, 2023, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm (Central Time Zone) – 17:30 – 19:00 (UTC+1)

    The La. Behavioral Health Advisory Council Committee on Children and Youth and Committee on Advocacy jointly present a virtual panel discussion on the Impact of Substance Use on Louisiana Women and Families. Open poster image to access Zoom access link (registration not required).

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