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OSCE-wide conference on Combating the Threat of Illicit Drugs and the Diversion of Chemical Precursors entitled “Evolving Threat of Synthetic Drugs: from Addiction to Rehabilitation and Reintegration”

Category
Event
Venue
Vienna, Austria
Date(s)
-
Subject
Illicit drugs and chemical precursors

Description

The conference is organized by the Slovak Chairmanship with the support of the Strategic Police Matters Unit of the Transnational Threats Department (TNTD/SPMU), with the objective to provide a platform for experts of the OSCE participating States and Partners for Co-operation to discuss challenges of tackling the trafficking in synthetic drugs, including methamphetamines, New Psychoactive Substances and fentanyl and to support governments in implementing pertinent thematic recommendations of the outcome document of the 2016 UN General Assembly Special Session on the world drug problem.

Summary

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The objective of the 2019 OSCE-wide conference convened by the Slovak OSCE Chairmanship is to provide a platform for experts of the OSCE participating States and Partners for Co-operation to discuss challenges of tackling the trafficking in synthetic drugs, including methamphetamines, NPS and fentanyl, as well as support governments in implementing pertinent thematic recommendations of the UNGASS 2016 outcome document. In particular, participants will review the current situation with regard to trafficking in synthetic drugs, their availability, including recent trends and threats posed to the international community. They will discuss how to effectively prevent and counter illicit production and trafficking in synthetic drugs and their precursors while ensuring access to controlled substances to relieve pain and suffering. They will consider how to more efficiently tackle drug-related crime using tools provided by the international conventions, relevant UN norms, standards and guidelines. Experts will also address treatment, rehabilitation and reintegration approaches rooted in scientific evidence and public health, and discuss cross-cutting issues, including those related to the protection of youth, the most vulnerable drug users, with an insight on potential gender aspects, and respect for human rights in designing and implementing balanced drug control policies.

The conference will be divided into four working sessions:

  1. The first session on “Current situation and new trends in trafficking in synthetic drugs” will review threats posed by them. Experts will reflect on the availability of highly potent synthetic stimulants and opioids and consider measures to tackle these challenges.
  2. The second session “Supply reduction of synthetic drugs and related measures” will address domestic, regional and inter-regional responses to countering drug-related crimes, as well as promoting law enforcement and judicial co-operation in criminal matters. Participants will discuss topical issues in this area, including countering the supply of methamphetamine and NPS, precursors and pre-precursors, and misuse of the Internet.
  3. The third session on “Demand reduction of synthetic drugs and related measures” will address awareness raising and prevention the trafficking in synthetic drugs, as well as health-related issues, including treatment and care.
  4. The fourth session “Cross-cutting issues” will consider legal and gender implications in tackling the threat of synthetic drugs, review protective measures, including those designed for the most vulnerable population – children and youth, and discuss human rights issues related to the implementation of balanced drug control policies and promoting the participation of civil society in these activities.

This conference is intended for decision-makers and experts from national drug control structures, representatives of OSCE Partners for Co-operation, OSCE field operations, relevant international and regional organizations, as well as civil society that are engaged in tackling the world drug problem. Practitioners from pertinent government ministries and services, including ministries of Interior, Justice, Social, Health and Foreign Affairs, as well as other related institutions are especially encouraged to attend and actively participate.

Information

Added on
17 Apr 2019
Origin
OSCE Chairmanship
Type
Conference
Venue description

Hofburg Congress Centre

Organizer
OSCE Chairmanship, OSCE / Transnational Threats Department / Strategic Police Matters Unit
Participants
Experts, Law enforcement officers, Government officials, International organizations, NGOs, Delegations
Keywords
synthetic drugs, drugs precursors
Rights
OSCE