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.
“In an extraordinary new initiative announced earlier this month, the Global Commission on Drug Policy has made some courageous and profoundly important recommendations in a report on how to bring more effective control over the illicit drug trade. The commission includes the former presidents or prime ministers of five countries, a former secretary general of… Read more »
New York, Thursday, June 2 – The Global Commission on Drug Policy declared the global “war on drugs” a failure and called for a new approach to reducing drug abuse to replace the existing strategy of strictly criminalizing drugs. “The global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world” said the report issued by the commission Thursday.
Following the new stand taken by Dianova in the areas of education and training, a strategic partnership was established between Dianova and the Lusófona University, which led to the creation of the first edition of the Dianova | Lusófona Award dedicated to “Managing Sustainable Noble Causes”, to be publicly presented in Lisbon on May 24.
The award aims to reward excellence and originality in the production of scientific knowledge, in theory and practice, likely to contribute to greater effectiveness of nonprofit and community-based organizations in Portugal, in operational, organizational and social areas. The award is intended for graduate and master students in the following domains: communication, marketing, management, economics, political science, law, social administration, sociology, social work and psychology.
May 11, Mr. Sebastian Pinera, President of the Republic of Chile, accompanied by Interior Minister, Rodrigo Hinzpeter, and the Executive Secretary of the National Narcotics Control Board (CONACE), Francisca Florenzano, chose Dianova’s San Bernardo Center, to announce Chile’s new prevention and treatment initiative to reduce alcohol and illegal drug use by 2014. During his speech, Mr. Pinera surrounded himself with mothers with their children, presently undergoing a treatment program at San Bernardo. View the event’s photos on Flickr
Dianova in Spain has been selected as a finalist in the “Teléfonica Ability Awards”, which rewards sustainable business models that maintain employability despite adverse health conditions. Dianova was nominated in the category “Prevention and Employability”, with a social program which is destined to improve quality of life among its employees.
As a national coordinator of the “European Action on Drugs” (EAD) campaign, led by the European Commission, Dianova hosted a national conference on this topic at Lisbon’s Jean Monnet center.As a campaign signatory and National Supervisor in Portugal, Dianova presented the preliminary results of a Dianova-led, drug awareness initiative which is currently underway in the country: “Do not waste your own life”.
The United Nations have launched a new entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly approved the creation of a new UN entity dedicated to promoting and coordinating global efforts towards gender equality and women empowerment. Dianova representative, Mrs. Elena Goti was officially invited to celebrate the entity’s official launch at UN headquarters in New York city, on February, 24
Dianova International has been approved as an “NGO, official partner of UNESCO” (Consultative status). This formal recognition granted to Dianova International has been made possible through the support provided by the organization to the work of Dianova teams in Nicaragua in Las Marias Holistic Educational Center. This school provides primary and secondary education to more than three hundred students each year, part of whom are stemming from disadvantaged, rural areas – a commitment which was rewarded in 2010 by its integration to UNESCO’s Associated Schools Network (ASPnet)