Position Papers

The Dianova Manifesto reflects our organization’s commitment and stance in different areas of interest. It is intended to be a reference tool used, among other purposes, for the preparation of advocacy activities carried out by Dianova International or its members.

Drug policies

Dianova notes the limits of an international drug control system centred mainly on prohibition and repression. The ideal of a drug-free world was credible fifty years ago but does not seem realistic given the data we have today. The inability to stop the increase in trafficking and the consumption of psychoactive substances, especially among young people, shows the need to revise the current approach.

Dianova supports reforming the general framework of United Nations drug conventions and agencies towards a public health approach. This framework must shift from a primary focus on prohibition and criminalization to a public health approach that respects human rights (…)

Cannabis policiesDianova advocates the decriminalization of the recreational use of cannabis in all countries as well as limited self-cultivation despite its potential abuses.

Punitive prohibitionist policies against people who use cannabis only serve to reinforce illicit cannabis markets with no interest for public health whatsoever, while adding to the stigmatisation of people who use cannabis and having no positive impact on  consumption levels, safety or public health.

Dianova considers it essential that countries in which recreational use is still a crime make the necessary legislative changes toward decriminalization. Dianova also recommends that any fines that may be imposed as a result of decriminalization be replaced by voluntary prevention or treatment sessions (…)

Gender equalityEmpowering women is a prerequisite for nations to achieve full and sustainable development. Women and girls represent half the world’s population. Their access to quality education and their participation in the working world are closely linked to economic, social and cultural development. The World Bank has stated that without equal participation of women and men “no country, no community or economy can achieve its potential and meet the challenges of the twenty-first century”.

Dianova therefore believes that it is essential to reorganize labour markets and redistribute resources equitably in order to achieve women’s empowerment and equality. These steps are also required to end poverty and engage in sustainable development that benefits everyone (…)

EducationIn the Dianova model, education lies at the heart of its mission. It is an inter-disciplinary practice that affects each area of intervention. For Dianova, contributing to the development and autonomy of people requires creating spaces for formal, informal, and non-formal education.

Dianova believes that education is a right that must be guaranteed by the state and strengthened by civil society as a whole. The right to education must apply to the entire population: children, adolescents and adults.

The primary objectives of education should be:

1) To allow individual personalities to thrive, to develop talents and mental and physical abilities to their full potential;

2) To instil respect for human rights and freedoms (…)

The Dianova International Manifesto

The document is divided into two parts: the first part describes the environment in which Dianova works and the relationships that the organization develops in it; the second part details the organization’s stance on various social issues considered essential.


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