The Commission on Narcotic Drugs is the central drug policy body of the United Nations. Each year it convenes an international meeting of state representatives at its Viennese headquarters in order to discuss the global drug situation, and adopt resolutions on drug related issues. In addition to the main session, a series of side events are convened which provide opportunities for international bodies, governments and NGOs to present and discuss issues of concern and interest relating to illegal drugs. This year, Professor Harry Sumnall and Angelina Brotherhood from the Centre for Public Health will be co-convening a side event on Developing and Promoting Quality Standards in Drug Demand Reduction. The European Commission are currently developing recommendations to Member States on minimum quality standards in drug demand reduction, and the research led by LJMU has informed the drug prevention component of this work. In conjunction with colleagues from the African Union, the Latvian Presidency at the Council of the EU, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Harry and Angelina will be discussing their work to improve the quality of drug prevention activities in order to promote ethical and inclusive policy and practice, and to ensure that only effective and supportive actions are delivered. The session takes place on 11 March 2015 13.10 – 14.00 at the UN’s Vienna International Centre, Conference Room M3.
Since 2008, LJMU have led a pan European partnership to develop quality standards, guidelines and training in drug prevention. The current phase of the work ends in April 2015, and the partnership are currently developing further proposals to support delivery of training events across Europe, and to better understand how use of quality standards might support more effective prevention policy making and commissioning. To read more about the EU Drug Prevention Quality Standards research, please visit the project website www.prevention-standards.eu