Press release: Dianova International signed a collaboration agreement with "Rutas Escondidas", a Nicaraguan responsible tourism enterprise whose objective is to promote trips to Nicaragua in a sustainable and developmental way.
Madrid March 31, 2014 – The Organisation Internationale Dianova, a nonprofit NGO whose mission is to develop actions and programs that actively contribute to personal self-reliance and social progress, has taken a step forward in its commitment to the Millennium Development Goals and Post-2015 developmental agenda by signing a framework agreement to cooperate with Rutas Escondidas.
Opinion and testimony, by Pierre Bremond. "Drug addiction is a brain disease". Such bold statement is made by those who support the "disease model". According to it, addiction is characterized by altered brain structure and functioning. These brain abnormalities cause persons with this disease to be predisposed toward addiction, moreover, in certain individuals, each incidence of substance abuse chemically alters the brain causing them to become more dependent upon the substance and progressively installing the disease. So, what solution do they have left? Well… None. Because drug and alcohol addiction is defined as a "unique, irreversible and progressive disease that cannot be cured."
"While new harmful substances have been emerging with unfailing regularity on the drug scene, the international drug control system is floundering, for the first time, under the speed and creativity of the phenomenon known as new psychoactive substances (NPS). The number of NPS reported by Member States to UNODC rose from 166 at the end of 2009 to 251 by mid-2012, an increase of more than 50 per cent. For the first time, the number of NPS actually exceeded the total number of substances under international control (234)." UNODC World Drug Report 2013
Opinion, by Myriam Gómez García – The debate on the legalization of drugs, and its possible application extends beyond the field of criminal justice. When we talk about legalizing drugs – we primarily refer to a market driven, state-run marketing and production system. However, it is much likely that legalizing or regulating substances of abuse will have a direct impact on consumption levels while affecting support relationships and addiction treatment. In my opinion, it is from this prospect that organizations and professionals alike should (and must) contribute to the debate.
The 80's have seen an explosion of the number of residential resources to treat substance abusers after the heroin epidemic had spread, triggering a social emergency situation. In 1986, the Spanish association of therapeutic communities was created to promote a professional community model. Since then, such treatment facilities have evolved over the years to become a state-of-the-art quality model, grounded on intensive and comprehensive care, tailored to each person's needs and expectations.
New York City – This week as the United Nations met to assess the Millennium Development Goals and what sustainable development goals should be like post 2015, Dianova International joined with notable faith inspired and community based organizations to present a parallel event to the Commission on the Status of Women, or CSW58.
Mercedes Acevedo lives in a rural community in Nicaragua. At the age of 20, she is exceptional. In a country where a mere 7 per cent of rural women complete secondary education, Mercedes is now attending secondary school and is eager to pursue further university studies. Mercedes was offered the possibility of entering secondary school through Dianova Nicaragua. And this has changed her life.
On March 12th, she came to New York to share her life experience during a side event – ¨Education, Gender and Maternal Health: Social and Public Goods¨ – organized by Dianova and other partner organizations in the margins of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. She was able to give her speech in the English language.
The fifty-eight session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58) is to begin today, March 10 through March 21 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York city. The priority theme for 2014 is challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for women and girls. This year’s session will also examine the access and participation of women and girls to education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work.
On the occasion of the International Women’s Day, Dianova wishes to celebrate and acknowledge the efforts thousands of women have made to foster egalitarian societies.
The United Nations Office on Drug and Crime’s annual World Drug Report presents a comprehensive overview of the latest developments in drugs markets. It covers production, trafficking, consumption and the related health consequences. The 2013 report points out that drug use situation and dependence have remained relatively stable, with a slight increase to a large extent due to the growth of the world population.