Prague, 30 September – 2 October 2010: Conference “Urban Drug Policies in the Globalised World”

Conference “Urban Drug Policies in the Globalised World”: The conference was held under the auspices of the Mayor of Prague and the Municipal Council on the amazing premises of the Prague Municipal House (Obecni dum) – a unique pearl of Czech art nouveau.

The programme of the conference "Urban Drug Policies in the Globalised World" dealt with burning questions and recent developments in the field of urban drug policy and related interventions, and it is accompanied by a rich social programme and events. The Conference aimed to bring together three key groups of anti-drug policies at the municipal level, where drug problem has its most visible impact and where the true solution to the problem always has to begin: (i) politicians and other crucial decision makers in the field of drug policies; (ii) the staff of programmes planning and implementing drug interventions at the municipal level, and (iii) planners, evaluators, and researchers who focus on urban drug interventions.

The Conference was divided into three segments:

  1. a set of discussion panels of high-level municipal policy makers (i.e. mayors and executive officers responsible for drug-related issues);
  2. scientific seminars dealing with three key areas of (i) municipal drug policy and its position within global and national drug policies, legislation, and treaties, (ii) the latest and most cutting-edge drug policy interventions at the urban and local levels and their impacts, and (iii) epidemiology, criminology, and other research fields in the analysis of the urban drug situation;
  3. a set of workshops provided by top-level EU managers and practitioners in the field, focused on practical aspects of implementing novel interventions in prevention, treatment, law enforcement and harm reduction.