Dianova International – 26062015
ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST DRUG ABUSE AND ILLICIT TRAFFICKING, THE NGO DIANOVA INTERNATIONAL LAUNCHES ITS NEW CORPORATE POSITIONING ON ADDICTIONS AND DRUG POLICIES
Dear Daniel and VNGOC Members,
On the occasion of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking of the United Nations, which is celebrated on June 26th, and in order to support the preparation of UNGASS 2016, we are pleased to share with you the launch of Dianova new ¨Corporate Positioning on Addictions and Drug Policies¨.
The Dianova network operates in 11 countries of Europe and the Americas in the fields of education, youth, addiction treatment and prevention, as well as in social development. The organization counts with more than 30 years of intervention and experience in these areas.
Dianova is deeply engaged in the UNGASS preparations, the Special Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations on drugs, which is the most important debate on drug policies at the international level of the last two decades. Undoubtedly, UNGASS will be a historic milestone in the field of drugs. It will be held from 19th to 21st of April 2016 at UN headquarters in New York.
To this end, on the one hand Dianova participates in forums and international networks that deal with drug policies (such as the Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs, the Civil Society Forum of the European Commission, etc.) in order to raise the voice of civil society at UNGASS. On the other hand, Dianova has updated its positioning on drugs in order to have a more valuable contribution towards UNGASS.
This positioning covers the various options for regulating the drug market from prohibition to legalization of psychoactive substances, the international context in which current policies were developed, and last but not least recommendations on future drug policies in light with new trends and challenges.
Despite the failures in drug policies in these past 50 years, we consider that the global situation of drug users has developed positively in many countries. As an international network of NGO operating in 11 countries and in 3 continents, we believe it is essential to stop criminalizing drug users and focus on balanced and complimentary public health approaches based on proven methodologies.
Drug policy should be designed with the aim of preventing and/or reducing risk behaviours and human suffering while assisting those concerned by addiction-related problems and their families. According to Dianova’s perspective, strategies for addictions should be based on a coherent and responsible policy, the implementation of evidence-based measures, monitoring and evaluation, and prevention must be the central principle of addiction policies.
In its positioning, Dianova urges governments to implement a series of complementary approaches without favouring one approach over another, including the support of: a reform of the general framework of the UN on drugs towards a public health approach; the launch of nationwide debates about addictions; the decriminalization of the use of psychoactive substances; the implementation of measures based on scientific evidence; the implementation of additional and innovative measures; the access to essential medicines and pain relief; and finally the Dianova Network is positioned against the liberalization/regulation of illicit substances.
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About Dianova International
Dianova International is an NGO with Special Consultative Status to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC), a registered Civil Society Organization to the Organization of American States (OAS), Official Partner of the UNESCO, Member of the Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs (VNGOC), and Member of the European Civil Society Forum on Drugs (CSF) at the European Commission.
Addictions, Education and Youth are the main fields of intervention for Dianova. In order to respond to the needs and expectations of the most affected groups throughout the world, the Network has begun several initiatives aimed at other groups, mainly on: Community development; Promotion of gender equality and women-focused development programs; Supportive housing to homeless and low-income people; Social and judicial assistance services; Counsellor training & education programs; Integration programs for unaccompanied migrant adolescents.
Ordinary and Affiliate Members: Canada, Chile, Italy, Nicaragua, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Uruguay and USA.
Number of Employees: 466 (55% female, 45% male)
Number of Services: more than 20 programs
Number of facilities: 37 residential structures
Number of users benefiting from services: 22.000 persons (children, youngsters and adults)
Number of indirect impact: REACT a social awareness campaign had a global impact of more than 46 million people