In Portugal, Dianova was designated national coordinator of the Access City Award 2012 campaign launched by the European Commission – Direction for Justice, to promote accessibility in the urban environment for people with disabilities. The new edition of the Access City Award is open for applications until September 20th, 2011 and the winner will be announced at the Award Ceremony in Brussels on 1-2 December 2011.
In Uruguay, substance abuse related issues have become more and more extensive in recent years. However, some prominent political and social figures blow the whistle on the overall inadequacy of public responses and call for the implementation of a large national debate that could result in “a new generation of drug policies”.
Source: Pulso Diario, translated from Spanish – Domo Paihuén’s residential center is to be the first treatment facility in Southern Chile (from the Araucania region down to the south) designed specifically for women who are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol. The center is located in Loncoche, in a beautiful, natural environment where the residents have the opportunity to enroll in a fruitful therapeutic and counseling program.
Esther and Xavi were Dianova friends and colleagues. They have left us far too quickly and above all, far too soon. Both had participated in the adventure of Dianova since its inception, and both in a high position of responsibility, without ever losing their humanity, their kindness and sense of humor. You will forever remain in our memory.
In Portugal, Dianova launched a new web site dedicated to online external communications. The site is remarkably user-friendly and displays pages differentiated by specific color codes enabling easy access to relevant information and knowledge – Dianova’s Corporate and News Brief section were developed by Orange-Original Communication and Triangulo Digital. http://formacao.dianova.pt.
During its July 21 General Meeting, the Ibero-American Network of NGOs working in the field of drug dependence (RIOD) approved an application for membership from Dianova in Spain. The RIOD is a nonprofit umbrella organization which main role is to help connect Ibero-American addiction service providers that are working in the fields of substance abuse prevention and treatment, social and professional integration, and vocational training.
The Economic and Social Council, which serves as the central UN forum for economic and social issues, held its Substantive Session in Geneva, from 4 to 29 July, 2011. This year’s meeting was dedicated to education and gathered many experts, politicians, government ministers and UN officials.
Bolivia is set to withdraw from an international narcotics convention in protest at its classification of coca leaves as an illegal drug. President Evo Morales, who is also the leader of one of the country’s main coca producers’ unions, has asked Congress to pass a law that would take Bolivia out of the 1961 United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs.
Vienna, June 27 – Representatives from Dianova, present in the Austrian capital on the occasion of a meeting of the Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs, attended the unveiling ceremony of the “Tree of Hope”. They said the ceremony was deeply moving, with several interventions from young people who have adorned the monument with messages, testimonials and photos of friends affected by the plight of drugs.
We reproduce below a press release initially published on the UNODC web site
There are few health problems that generate as much debate and as many different positions as drug addiction, both with the general public and with sector professionals. For the general public, drug addiction is often synonymous with bad habits, decadence, and delinquency.