Gozo hosts ‘European Cities Against Drugs’ conference
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Gozo will be hosting the ‘European Cities Against Drugs’ (ECAD) Mayors’ Conference. Participation is estimated to be over 200 representatives of the ECAD Member cities, non-member cities, non-governmental organisations, government representatives and researchers.
The theme of this year’s conference, which is taking place at San Lawrenz tomorrow and Friday, is Empowering Our Citizens To Live Healthier Lifestyles and is being organised by the Local Councils Parliamentary Secretariat and the Pembroke local council.
The Local Council of Pembroke has been an affiliated member of this pan-European organisation since 1999. The Local Council’s proposal to have this meeting organised in Gozo, with the assistance of the Parliamentary Secretariat of Public Dialogue and Information, was accepted by ECAD. At present 15 officials forming part of the ECAD’s advisory committe are in Malta to co-ordinate this event together the Parliamentary Secretariat and Pembroke Local Council.
The purpose of the conference is to strengthen, through international co-operation and exchange, the work against the abuse of illicit drugs on local, national and international levels. The conference contributes to raising awareness about drug-related issues in the hosting country and promotes experience, exchange and scientific update which benefits the local anti-drug work.
Today ECAD members include 264 cities in 30 European countries. Its member cities work to develop initiatives and efforts against drug abuse supporting the UN Conventions which oppose legalisation of presently illicit drugs. The organisation develops and maintains contacts with local, regional and national governments, the EU, the United Nations and other international bodies to actively represent interests of ECAD member cities aimed at intensified counteraction of drugs.