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APFAD-WFAD @ Singapore was hosted by NCADA and WFAD during 7-8 November 2019.
The theme of the Forum was "Prevention through Partnerships and Community Action - for a World Without Drugs.

APFAD was established by NCADA to rally NGOs in the Asia Pacific region to support the drug-free cause. APFAD has been organised twice, in 2015 and 2017 with the intent to become the region's
equivalent of the World Forum Against Drugs, hosted and organised by the World Federation Against Drugs (WFAD). "This is the inaugural joint conference with WFAD for the Asia Pacific, co-branded as Asia Pacific Forum Against Drugs (APFAD-WFAD @ Singapore 2019). It is a platform for Asia Pacific NGOs and government agencies to network, share knowledge and exchange best practices on prevention and rehabilitation; and to re-affirm support for and encourage greater adoption of the APFAD declaration, as well as the green and white anti-drug ribbon as the international anti-drug symbol."

Read the full press release, learn more about the speakers and access presentations here.
The conference gathered national and international delegates from the South African region to discuss substance abuse and family related interventions. Academics, Civil society representative, Authorities and many more gathered for three days in Johannesburg, South Africa.  

The Statement makes clear that a Child centric approach is needed in all areas: including Prevention, treatment and recovery, and focuses on the Convention on The Rights of the Child. A convention that makes clear that protecting children from illicit drugs is not an option, it is an obligation. 

Read WFAD's statement at the South African National Conference on Substance Abuse and Family Related Interventions, hosted by the Department of Social Development, South Africa: On the topic of The Prevention and Treatment of Drugs in and Amongst Families.


The Asian Regional Forum Against Drugs was a success!
The regional Forums against Drugs are hosted in strategic location throughout the world. This year, Cochin, India was selected to host the Asian Regional Forum Against Drugs. The conference was a joint cooperation between World Federation Against Drugs and the Fourth Wave Foundation, Project VENDA. 

We thank all participants and speakers for participating in the Asian Regional Forum Against Drugs 2019 and making it a success. The main objective of the forum was to bring together civil society members, key decision makers and practitioners across Asia to empower and enable advocacy and networking in the region. The 3 days of the forum saw key stakeholders from across sectors coming together to share, understand and plan on how to work together.
The forum engaged over around 500 and more participants from across the world through participation and live streaming online.

The program agenda, key themes and topics discussed during the forum was designed to address issues and solutions at regional and country levels. The general feedback suggest that the forum helped in understanding the perspectives on prevention, care & recovery and various best practices. The forum also examined challenges like stigma associated with recovery, legalisation debates and gender perspectives in dealing with the world drug problem.

The response by the local print and online media was very encouraging. Many of the speakers were interviewed and the media coverage during the conference had opinion articles and best practices stories published. The local press rendered due attention to the conference agenda all three days making the conference message reach target audience of youth and local communities by spreading the message of prevention approach in solving the issue of Narcotics and drugs in our communities and among youth.

Read the Conference report

See the presentations here.
For more information and videos follow this link.
For photos visit WFADs Flickr page and Project Vendas Flickr page.
The webcast will be available in a months time on the Youtube Channel of Fourth Wave Foundation.
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Welcome to the Asian Regional Forum Against Drugs!

Asian Regional Forum Against Drugs (ARFAD), an international forum against drug abuse, will meet in Kochi from September 25 to 27.

The three-day event will be jointly organised by the World Federation Against Drugs (WFAD) and Fourth Wave Foundation. Around 120 delegates from across the globe will participate in the event that will bring together people and communities working against substance abuse.


Today is the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking #WorldDrugDay !
WFAD Members are arranging activities and conferences all across the globe! 

Marking today, UNODC have released their Annual World Drug Report.  

The World Drug Report makes clear that:
  • 35 million people worldwide suffer from drug use disorders
  • Only 1 in 7 people recieve treatment
"Preventon and treatment continue to fall short in many parts of the world" 

Read the full report here.
The World Federation Against Drugs together with Uganda Youth Development Link and People Against Drug Dependence & Ignorance have written a response to the Release by the West Africa Commission on Drugs, UNAIDS and the Global Commission on Drug Policy urging for a 'Model Drug Law for West Africa'. 

Read the response here.
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Welcome to the Asian Regional Forum Against Drugs in Cochin, India the 25-27th of September 2019. 
 
The conference is a joint cooperation between World Federation Against Drugs and the Fourth Wave Foundation, Project Venda, with the United Nation Office on Drugs and Crime as Chief partner.
The Forum will focus on the Asian region and bring together Civil Society and country representatives from 48 Asian countries and various other nationalities – All working towards a drug free world.
The aim of the forum is to gather member organisations of WFAD and other civil society organisations in the region to share best practices and strengthen capacity in networking and advocacy work.

Read more on the website and register today!
Read WFAD President Esbjörn Hörnberg's Statement at the Reconvened sixty-first session of CND in Vienna 5-7 december 2018.

"The way forward
Dear Chair and Excellences, colleagues and friends,
On behalf of two international networks, IOGT International and World Federation Against Drugs, with more than 300 Local and National Member Organisations globally, working with the full range from prevention to recovery I would like to make the following remarks:
Reduce drug use prevalence.

The overarching goal of every Member State’s drug policy should be reducing the prevalence of drug use. This will lead to lower numbers of problematic drug users, as well as a reduction in numbers of adolescents who are exposed to drug use in their peer group. Member States should monitor drug use prevalence regularly and adjust policies based on results to make prevention programmes more efficient.

Mobilize a million communities
Evidence-based prevention efforts are even more effective when they are synergistic and implemented by local communities. Local initiatives should involve local authorities and public services, schools, police, parent groups, community-based organisations, sports clubs, religious groups etc. The UNODC International Standards on Drug Use Prevention list a broad selection of recommended interventions that should be adopted by Member States as critical tools to promote health and development through community programmes.

Read more: Statement at the Reconvened 61st Session of CND

Diana Joseph Vincent, Director of Fourth Wave Foundation, India and a Board Member of WFAD, speech during the cross-cutting session during the Intersessionals with the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, Vienna 25-28 September 2018.

"Thanking the UNODC, the WFAD and everybody who thought this case would make some relevance here at this discussion. I represent a practical case on the map of the world, that is struggling with the similar problems that we are discussing here, but has managed to engage the communities to take ownership. Problem of dealing with drugs and addiction is not an abstract in the country of India. Kerala is a tourism state, the reality on the ground is that we are not ready for a crisis like this. We don’t have the facilities to deal with the numbers that’s being brought to our tables. We as a NGO work with children between the ages of 12 and young adults, 22, and when I say its alarming that we have epidemic numbers coming out of age groups of 10 and 12 year olds using narcotics, it is a classic case for the world to consider the other areas which are more exposed to this problem. As much as we work on high level discussions on policy at the country level, we fail miserably when it comes to actually enforcing the law to take control of our communities where this is being pushed.

And a classic number is out of a typical batch of 100 children we train we get 8 to 10 children coming back home or to our desk or to our counselling centres asking for help. 8 to 10% is high, and the forecast the next five years to come this number is going to multiply. What have we done? We have We teach them to take ownership of the problem by standing up for the issue. We talk to all cross sections of people, all stake holder groups in the community. Though we focus on only young children, we work only with the teens and young adults but the society has to take ownership. This important for us because the way its being discussed at young adult levels in the country, where they are exposed to internet, we are taking about an economy that is actually booming because of its start-ups and because of its IT connectivity but here is this problem that we are ignoring with having narcotics delivered to the door to youngsters.

Read more: Diana Joseph Vincent, Board member WFAD, speech during Intersessionals with the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, Vienna 25-28 September 2018.

In my capacity of President of the WFAD, I attended three days of the Intersessionals covering Demand reduction and related measures, Ensuring the availability of and access to controlled substances exclusively for medical and scientific purposes, while preventing their diversion and Cross-cutting issues: drugs, and human rights, youth, children, women and communities.

We had from our side, Diana Joseph from Fourth Wave Foundation, India and a Board Member of WFAD as a panellist for the Cross-cutting Session. Other presentations from our perspective was given by Ms. Boi-Jeneh Jalloh (Sierra Leone), Foundation for Rural and Urban Transformation and  Mr. Wongayi Nyahuye. 

My impression from the first round was that there is quite a rift between the Member States. Really how the Chair will solve this and present a Document adopted by consensus to the Ministerial Segment in March is a Million Dollar Question.
 
Since Colombia elected a new President, their Drug Policy have shifted towards the US position, but on the other hand Mexico is taking their seat when coming to supporting the Global Commission on Drugs and their report “Regulation - The Responsible Control of Drugs ”.  In one of the last paragraphs they state, “If the international drug control framework is to be efficient, it must move away from the current repressive paradigm and better reflect the emerging focus on health, human rights and sustainable development. Crucially, reforms must introduce the possibility for member states to regulate drugs.”

This report was published the same day as Donald Trump, together with some 30 Countries presented ”Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem” in the UN in New York. The Global Call ended with:
 
“We further pledge to develop national action plans based on a four-pronged strategy:
(1) reduce demand for illicit drugs through education, awareness, and prevention of abuse;
(2) expand treatment efforts to save lives and promote recovery;
(3) strengthen international cooperation across judicial, law enforcement, and health sectors; and
(4) cut off the supply of illicit drugs by stopping their production, whether through cultivation or manufacture, and flow across borders.
We encourage the CND and each signatory Member State to provide updates on progress made, lessons learned, and best practices at the Sixty-Second Session of the CND in March 2019. ”

This Call was mentioned in a number of statements from Member States in Vienna, but there was no response from i.e. the European Union, because they were divided in the question of supporting the Call.

Read more: Intersessionals with the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, Vienna 25-28 September 2018. Written by Esbjörn Hörnberg

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