The 2nd INCB civil society hearing 2019 took place on May 8, 2019 at the Vienna International Centre on the topic of “Young People and Drugs”. Representatives of civil society and the members of the International Narcotic Control Board discussed the importance of preventing drug abuse among young people and measures to reduce harms and treat drug use among youth.
Following the Call for Applications published on April 12 2019 via the NGO Marketplace we received 33 applications before the deadline of April 24 2019. The VNGOC board selected 8 civil society representatives to present their work on the topic mentioned above during the two hour meeting. In order to ensure an inclusive, comprehensive and meaningful civil society participation the board followed the speaker selection criteria established by the Civil Society Task Force in 2018. The VNGOC was able to financially support 3 speakers and funded there travel to and accommodation in Vienna.
The following 8 cvil society representatives had the opportunity to present their views on the topic “Young People and Drugs”:
- Paul Kogi Mburu, Soberlife Mentorship Society (Kenya): “The Social, Cultural and Economic Gap as a Trigger to Drug Abuse among Young People in Kenya.”
- Anna Quigley, Citywide Drugs Crisis Campaign (Ireland): “The Drug Economy and Youth Interventions: Findings from exploratory research on working with young people involved in the illegal drugs trade.”
- Rogers Kasirye, Uganda Youth Development Link (Uganda): “Involvement of young people as change agents in substance use prevention.”
- Mediha Kovacevic, Association PROSLAVI OPORAVAK (Bosnia & Herzegovina): “The importance of early interventions for young people with drug related problems”
- Jorge Herrera Valderrábano, Instituto RIA(Mexico): “Harm reduction for young people across Latin America: theory and evidence for better drug policies.”
- Cristina von Sperling Afridi, Karim Khan Afridi Welfare Foundation(Pakistan): “Young People and Drugs”
- Nihat Yücel, Turkish Green Crescent (Turkey): “The importance of effective and widespread preventative work with youth”
- Sara Velimirovic, Students for Sensible Drug Policies (USA): “Young People and Drugs – evidence and recommendations by the Paradigma coalition of youth organisations representing thousands of impacted young people around the world.”