Expert Meeting on Drug Use in Humanitarian Settings

Deadline for Applications: 12 August 2020 at 11.55 p.m. CEST

The UNODC Prevention Treatment and Rehabilitation Section (PTRS) in coordination with WHO and UNHCR is holding a consultation process to develop a technical guidance tool to address substance use and substance use disorders, as well as associated health and social consequences in Relief and Humanitarian Settings, and to increase access to substance use disorder treatment also in Humanitarian Settings. An expert group meeting is scheduled for 08 – 11 September 2020

This initiative derives from the UNGASS outcome document that highlights the need to “protect the health, safety and well-being of individuals, families, vulnerable members of society, communities and society as a whole” and directly supports resolution 61/7 on “Addressing the specific needs of vulnerable members of society in response to the world drug problem”. Displaced populations may be vulnerable to substance use disorders for a variety of reasons. These include pre- or post-migration stress and trauma, including loss of homes and livelihoods, violence, torture, mental health disorders and family separation.

The first phase of this consultation process consisted of a call for written submissions in April and May,  which was promoted via VNGOC and NYNGOC.

In the second phase, UNODC PTRS is organising a virtual expert meeting on September 08-11. 

The Vienna and New York NGO Committees on Drugs (VNGOC & NYNGOC) have been asked to nominate two civil society experts with substantive experience on this topic.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the expert consultation will be held virtually only. Before the meeting, the final agenda and other relevant information including how to access the meeting will be shared with confirmed participants. 

If you wish to be considered for nomination please fill out the the application form and submit it no later than 12 August 2020, 11.55 p.m. CET: https://bit.ly/39XDeCs

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