The International Drug Policy Reform Conference is the world's principal gathering of people who believe the war on drugs is doing more harm than good. No better opportunity exists to learn about drug policy and to strategize and mobilize for reform.
The 2007 conference will address a wide range of policy, legal, political, and scientific issues including:
- Drug Sentencing Reform Treatment
- Drug Testing
- Race and the Drug War
- HIV, Hep C and Overdose Prevention
- International Developments
- Drug Education
- Entheogens-Science, Spirituality and Law
- Alternatives to Prohibition
- Pragmatic Steps for Ending the Drug War
The Open Society Institute will participate at the conference in several ways:
- Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch, director of the OSI International Harm Reduction Development Program, will speak at a keynote session with Antonio Maria Costa, executive director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, and at the session "Integrating Harm Reduction into Public Systems."
- Daniel Wolfe, deputy director of the International Harm Reduction Development Program, will speak at the session "UNGASS 08: The Failure to Create a “Drug-Free World.”
- Sophie Pinkham, program coordinator of the International Harm Reduction Development Program, will speak at "Europe and Drug Policy Reform: Stepping Forward or Falling Back?"
In addition, OSI has provided conference scholarships for Ukrainian, Lithuanian, Georgian, and Armenian participants active in drug policy reform efforts in their countries.
For more information, please visit the International Drug Policy Reform Conference website.