In the Copernicus Science Centre the three-day 2nd International Conference about Municipal Drug Policies is taking place. The meeting in Warsaw is a continuation of actions undertaken during the first conference in the capital city of the Czech Republic with regard to political and social changes over the past five years.
-Six years ago Signatories of Prague Declaration agreed on the issue that an increasing weight of the struggle with the effects of addictions and conducting prophylaxis is sustained by local governments and non-governmental organizations operating in the municipal centres. – said Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, the Mayor of Warsaw, at the time of opening of the conference - Today we can see how necessary it is to exchange experiences and update challenges that the anti drug policy implemented in the cities. It is the support for the efforts coming at the national and international level. -she emphasized.
-Warsaw supports financially many assistance programs concerning therapy, social readaptation, environmental and care activities. It also initiates educational classes implemented in our schools. – reminded the Mayor of Warsaw - in cooperation with state institutions, non-governmental organizations, professional environments we undertake actions to improve kinds of assistance and counteracting drug addiction.
During the session one will be able hear about the experiences of Poznań, Słupsk, Frankfurt, Lisbon, Copenhagen, Oslo and Prague.
Conference guests will work together on the Warsaw Statement, a document presenting the best municipal practices in the field of prophylaxis and treatment of addictions. The document created in Warsaw will be then presented during the 59th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), which will begin on 14 March this year in Vienna and then during an UN Special Session devoted to drug policy in April in the head office of the UN in New York (UNGASS2016).
The organizers of the event, lasting to 19 February, is the Polish Network of Drug Policy, City of Warsaw and National Office on Counteracting Drug Addiction.
The first edition of the International Conference about Municipal Drug Policies was held in Prague in 2010. Signatories of the Prague Declaration created during the meeting emphasized that the greatest direct impact on the situation associated with drugs are local government and municipal drug strategies. In times of global economy the meaning of local governments in dealing with the negative effect of psychoactive substances and related occurrence of negative social phenomena is more important than ever.