On 3-4 June 2019 in the famous palace Hofbug in Vienna (Austria) was held, under the Chairmanship of Slovakia, the 2019 OSCE-wide Conference on Combating the Threats of Illicit Drugs and the Diversion of Chemical Precursors. The topic was: Evolving Threat of Synthetic Drugs: from Addiction to Rehabilitation and Reintegration.

Some 113 Ministers, Ambassadors, Representatives of world Governments, the Holy See,* International Agencies such as UNODC*, INCB*, EUROPOL*, DEA*,OSCE, SELEC*, the European Union,* were attending including a few selected NGOs among which FDFE.

FDFE was invited to deliver a presentation about the importance of prevention to combat the drug problem. This was done by the FDFE Representative in Vienna (Austria) who intervened during the Session IV: Cross-cutting Issues.

The title of her presentation was: Youth Sustainable Protection by Drug Education Prevention

After a short presentation of FDFE, of its hundred organizations around Europe and of the Drug Free World were developed the following points:

1. The world drug problem,

2. The youth and the Drug Problem. It was reminded:

-the UNODC Executive Director statement concerning the youth protection,

-the Convention on the Rights of the Child art.33,

3. The factors involved in the protection of the youth,

4. How We Help: a presentation of our educative materials and our groups in action across Europe,

5. Conclusions and Recommendations to the States and Policy Makers.

As a result, several country Representatives came to get more information from our FDFE Representative on our materials and drug prevention campaign.


Acronyms and Definitions:

OSCE: Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (headquarters in Austria);

Holy See: the central governing body of the entire Roman Catholic Church located within the Vatican City located in Roma (Italy).

UNODC: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, is mandated to assist Member States in their struggle against illicit drugs, crime and terrorism (headquarters in Austria);

INCB: International Narcotics Control Board for the implementation of the United Nations drug conventions (headquarters in Austria) ;

EUROPOL: is the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation formerly known as European Police Office and Europol Drugs Unit (headquarters in the Netherlands);

DEA: Federal Drug Enforcement Administration, part of the USA Department of Justice, is tasked with combating drug smuggling and distribution within the United States;

SELEC: Southeast European Law Enforcement Center (headquarters in Romania) is coordinating police and customs actions of 11 countries;

European Union: a political and economic union of 28 member states that are located in Europe. It has a population of about 513 million people. (headquarters in Brussels);

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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