Drugs: final conference of the Solidify project, 5-6 December 2019, Lisbon, Portugal

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Drugs: final conference of the Solidify project
5-6 December 2019, Lisbon (Portugal)

Co-hosted by Efus, the city of Lisbon, and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA)

 

Supervised Drug Consumption Rooms (DCRs) have proved to be a safe way to prevent harm related to drug use and insecurity linked to consumption in public spaces and trafficking. However, the establishment of a DCR can give rise to concerns among local residents to which local authorities must respond through dialogue and consensus-building measures. Beyond there is also the difficulty of political resistance as DCRs are still far from being widely accepted or even properly understood by some European political decision-makers.

The Solidify European project led by Efus since January 2018 will conclude in December with a final conference that will showcase the work produced through two years of intense exchange on how to foster local multi-agency partnerships around DCRs in order to capitalise the positive impacts they can have for urban security and public tranquillity.

The conference, to be held in Lisbon (Portugal) on 5 and 6 December 2019, will be an opportunity to exchange on innovative and human rights-based local drug policies, the particular role of DCRs in this endeavour, and the political challenges around this issue. It will be attended by representatives from local authorities from across Europe, policy makers from government institutions at national and European levels, civil society representatives, activists and researchers.

Words of welcome

Programme

Speakers

Practical Information

Registration

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Words of welcome

Willy Demeyer 2018 - Copie> Willy Demeyer, Mayor of Liege, President of Efus
“Composing an effective and balanced drug policy that serves the needs of all citizens is a key challenge for European local authorities, which is at the heart of urban security policies. Integrated local harm reduction strategies have already brought promising results in several European countries in this regard.
The Solidify project has allowed our network to clearly define the potentials drug consumption rooms can have for a balanced, inclusive urban security strategy. We look forward to making the results of this work available to representatives from local authorities across Europe as well as other stakeholders. This participatory approach will allow discussions on how we can further support each other in strengthening such services and improving their public acceptability.”

goosdeel> Alexis Goosdeel, Director of the European Monitoring Centre for Drug Addiction 
“It is my great pleasure to co-host the final conference of the Solidify project here at the EMCDDA. This unique initiative — coordinated by the European Forum for Urban Security and funded by the European Commission — catalyses on-going local initiatives that create spaces for safer drug consumption, including in the City of Lisbon. We, as the EU drugs agency, are proud to open our doors for a much-needed exchange between science, practice and policy on this issue and to facilitate cooperation across different levels of government.”

medina>  Fernando Medina, Mayor of Lisbon
“Lisbon has become a centre for drug policy exchange and has been clearly supportive of approaches based in pragmatism and rights. This year we became part of the group of cities that have implemented Supervised Injection Facilities and we join the efforts to keep on researching and understanding the role of these services as promoters of health and inclusion. For Lisbon it is a pleasure to host the final conference of Solidify, which will offer the occasion to take stock of our advances at the local and European level and design our network’s future initiatives. Welcome to Lisbon”

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Programme

Thursday, 5 December 2019 – Conference Day 1

9h30 – 10h00     Welcome Addresses
 WDemeyer (Efus), A. Goosdeel (EMCDDA), F. Medina (City of Lisbon)

10h00 – 11h00     Opening Panel “SDCFs in Europe
– A tool to foster urban security and 
social cohesion”

11h00 – 11h30     Coffee Break

11h30 – 13h30     Parallel Breakout Sessions   

13h30 – 15h00     Lunch Break

15h00 – 18h00     Study Visits                

19h30      Reception / Dinner City of Lisbon

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Friday 6 December 2019 – Conference Day 2

9h30 – 10h15     Interactive Entry (tbd)

10h15 – 11h00     Panel Discussion “Mitigating conflicts around SDCFs
– perspectives from local communities”                            

11h00 – 11h30     Coffee Break

11h30 – 14h00     Parallel Workshops                    

14h00 – 15h00     Light Lunch

15h00 – 16h00     Closing Panel “Co-producing integrated local harm reduction policies priorities for the future”

16h00 – 16h30     Closing Session and Departure of Participants

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Speakers 

Cédric Charvet, Correlation Network
Willy Demeyer, Efus President, Mayor of Liège
Ricardo Fuertes, Advisor, Education and Social Rights Division, Lisbon
Alexis Goosdeel, Director, EMCDDA
Dagmar Hedrich, Lead Scientist – Harm Reduction, EMCDDA
Elizabeth Johnston, Executive Director, Efus
Prof. Heino Stöver, Addiction Researcher, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences

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Practical Information

Venue
EMCDDA Conference Center
Praça Europa 1, Cais do Sodré
1249-289 Lisbon
Portugal

Simultaneous interpretation in English, French and Portuguese. 

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Registration

Participation in the conference is free of charge but registration is mandatory. Please register via the registration form.

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This conference is part of the European cooperation project Solidify – Supervised Drug Consumption Facilities to Instill Harm Reduction and Social Cohesion at Local Levels led by Efus with the cooperation of its European partners:

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Contact
Moritz Konradi – konradi@efus.eu

Flag_of_Europe.svgSolidify is funded at 80% by the European Commission – Justice Programme Supporting Initiatives in the Field of Drugs Policy