APFAD 2017 – Singapore






“Together, A Drug-Free World for our Children”

The National Council Against Drug Abuse (NCADA) of Singapore organised the 2nd
Asia-Pacific Forum Against Drugs (APFAD) today. The event brought together local and
foreign delegates from government agencies, non-government organisations (NGOs) and civil
society groups, to network and discuss how to better counter the continuing global calls for
drug liberalization and the lobbying of pro-drug groups.
2. In the two years since the inaugural APFAD in 2015, the calls for drug decriminalization
and legalization have grown louder. Pro-decriminalization and legalisation groups continue to
push their agenda. Against this backdrop, APFAD aims to rally like-minded people and
organisations in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond, and reiterate our firm position that drugs
have no place in our societies and communities.
3. Experts from beyond the region were invited to share their expertise on combating the
drug problem. They included Mr Jón Sigfússon, Director of the Icelandic Centre of Social
Research and Analysis (ICSRA), and Dr Kevin Sabet, Director of the Drug Policy Institute in
Florida, USA. Mr Sigfússon elaborated on Iceland’s successful mobilization of its community
to address its youth drug abuse problem. Dr Sabet, who spoke about cannabis legalization in
the USA at APFAD 2015, gave an update on the situation in Colorado and other American
states that have legalized or decriminalized cannabis, and the negative consequences of such
4. In his speech, Guest-of-Honour, Mr K Shanmugam, Minister for Home Affairs and
Minister for Law, underscored the importance of a whole-of-society effort against drugs. He
also stressed the need for the community to work together to build a drug-free world for our
5. Mr Hawazi Daipi, Chairman of NCADA, rallied delegates to adopt the APFAD
Declaration as a statement of common purpose to secure a drug-free world for our children.
26 OCTOBER 2017

Foundation for a Drug-Free Europe was formed in March 2004 with the firm purpose of preventing and stopping debilitating drug use through educating non-users concerning the harmful effects that drugs can inflict upon the body, mind and personality, and by finding and directing existing users to programmes that can help them achieve comfortable abstinence for life.

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