Countries have worked together for 100 years in order to prevent the problem of abuse of narcotic drugs. Much has been achieved by this but all the same millions of people in the world are addicted to drugs and much, much more can be done in the future to prevent young people from experimenting with illegal drugs and thus expose themselves to the risk of becoming addicted.
World Forum Against Drugs is a meeting place for people from all continents who are working to prevent drug abuse at grass-root, on a voluntary basis, professionally or as policy makers. The global forum is the only one of its kind where NGOs, self-help groups, treatment centres, scholars, local, regional and national authorities, politicians and other decision-makers, the business community, and others from around the world will meet to share ideas and experiences about the work against illicit drugs, based on a balanced and restrictive policy. All Forums were arranged under the high patronage of H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden and have been made possible by generous financial support from the Ministry of Health in Sweden and the City of Stockholm.
The 4th World Forum Against Drugs
Over the years, the World Forum Against Drugs has gained in popularity and the 4th Forum took place in Stockholm, Sweden on May 19-20, 2014. The 4th Forum was held at the same time as the European Cities Against Drugs Mayors’ conference, resulting in an even bigger event with more participants and distinguished speakers. The coalition was a great manifestation for the UN conventions and against legalization of drugs. The three main themes at the Forum were:
• Cannabis and issues related to legalization of drugs, and potential consequences.
• Drug treatment and the criminal justice system working together.
• Issues concerning Gender-related differences and similarities.
The 3rd World Forum Against Drugs
The third Forum took place in Stockholm, Sweden in 2012. Over 300 people gathered from about 50 countries in the beautiful venues of Münchenbryggeriet in the center of Stockholm. The Forum was inaugurated by H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden and a total of 58 speakers made presentations. The three main themes at the Forum were:
• Human rights and the right of the child to be protected from illicit drugs.
• Illicit drug use and trafficking problems of Latin America.
• Primary prevention and its role in drug policy.
The 2nd World forum Against Drugs
The second Forum took place in Stockholm, Sweden in 2010. Over 300 people gathered from well over 50 countries in Stockholm City Conference Center. 44 speakers made presentations at plenary sessions and special sessions. The three main themes at the Forum were:
• New research on cannabis
• The drug situation in subsaharan Africa
• Adult drug abuse and its influence on children
The 1st World Forum Against Drugs
The first Forum was held in Stockholm, Sweden in 2008 and was hosted by a group of Swedish anti-drug organisations. After the first Forum these organisations founded the World Federation Against Drugs, WFAD, which would come to be the host of the following Forums