In Portugal, Dianova was designated national coordinator of the Access City Award 2012 campaign launched by the European Commission – Direction for Justice, to promote accessibility in the urban environment for people with disabilities. The new edition of the Access City Award is open for applications until September 20th, 2011 and the winner will be announced at the Award Ceremony in Brussels on 1-2 December 2011.
In Uruguay, substance abuse related issues have become more and more extensive in recent years. However, some prominent political and social figures blow the whistle on the overall inadequacy of public responses and call for the implementation of a large national debate that could result in “a new generation of drug policies”.
Source: Pulso Diario, translated from Spanish – Domo Paihuén’s residential center is to be the first treatment facility in Southern Chile (from the Araucania region down to the south) designed specifically for women who are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol. The center is located in Loncoche, in a beautiful, natural environment where the residents have the opportunity to enroll in a fruitful therapeutic and counseling program.
Esther and Xavi were Dianova friends and colleagues. They have left us far too quickly and above all, far too soon. Both had participated in the adventure of Dianova since its inception, and both in a high position of responsibility, without ever losing their humanity, their kindness and sense of humor. You will forever remain in our memory.
In Portugal, Dianova launched a new web site dedicated to online external communications. The site is remarkably user-friendly and displays pages differentiated by specific color codes enabling easy access to relevant information and knowledge – Dianova’s Corporate and News Brief section were developed by Orange-Original Communication and Triangulo Digital. http://formacao.dianova.pt.
During its July 21 General Meeting, the Ibero-American Network of NGOs working in the field of drug dependence (RIOD) approved an application for membership from Dianova in Spain. The RIOD is a nonprofit umbrella organization which main role is to help connect Ibero-American addiction service providers that are working in the fields of substance abuse prevention and treatment, social and professional integration, and vocational training.
The Economic and Social Council, which serves as the central UN forum for economic and social issues, held its Substantive Session in Geneva, from 4 to 29 July, 2011. This year’s meeting was dedicated to education and gathered many experts, politicians, government ministers and UN officials.
Following the new stand taken by Dianova in the areas of education and training, a strategic partnership was established between Dianova and the Lusófona University, which led to the creation of the first edition of the Dianova | Lusófona Award dedicated to “Managing Sustainable Noble Causes”, to be publicly presented in Lisbon on May 24.
The award aims to reward excellence and originality in the production of scientific knowledge, in theory and practice, likely to contribute to greater effectiveness of nonprofit and community-based organizations in Portugal, in operational, organizational and social areas. The award is intended for graduate and master students in the following domains: communication, marketing, management, economics, political science, law, social administration, sociology, social work and psychology.
May 11, Mr. Sebastian Pinera, President of the Republic of Chile, accompanied by Interior Minister, Rodrigo Hinzpeter, and the Executive Secretary of the National Narcotics Control Board (CONACE), Francisca Florenzano, chose Dianova’s San Bernardo Center, to announce Chile’s new prevention and treatment initiative to reduce alcohol and illegal drug use by 2014. During his speech, Mr. Pinera surrounded himself with mothers with their children, presently undergoing a treatment program at San Bernardo. View the event’s photos on Flickr
Dianova in Spain has been selected as a finalist in the “Teléfonica Ability Awards”, which rewards sustainable business models that maintain employability despite adverse health conditions. Dianova was nominated in the category “Prevention and Employability”, with a social program which is destined to improve quality of life among its employees.