Washington, D.C. – CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) leaders will travel to Vienna, Austria to attend the 62nd session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) held at the Vienna International Centre March 14-22. General Arthur T. Dean, Chairman & CEO, CADCA, Eric Siervo, Vice President, International Programs, and CADCA Consultant Irina Broughton are scheduled to present at this year’s CND session. CADCA Youth Trainer Curtis Mark is also scheduled to attend, and CADCA Consultant Sue Thau will be participating as a drug policy expert.
“We are excited to present the CADCA model at the CND session and look forward to partnering with other nations to determine the most effective strategies to strengthen communities globally in preventing substance misuse,” said General Arthur T. Dean, Chairman & CEO, CADCA. “It’s especially exciting that we get to have Curtis Mark join us, to represent the important role young people play in prevention. Curtis is the perfect example of how youth can be the driving forces in creating lasting community change, and we’re proud to show that to leaders from around the world.” The CND program provides a full listing of sessions available.
“The CND session provides a great forum to not only share information about best practices in the prevention field, but also network with worldwide prevention professionals,” said Eric Siervo, Vice President, International Programs, CADCA. “We’re excited to have the opportunity this year to host a unique event during the CND. On Thursday, March 21st, CADCA will host a side meeting called ‘Collaborations Between Government and Civil Society to Prioritize Prevention of Substance Misuse Through the Community Coalition Construct.’ This event will highlight how coalitions in Peru have used the CADCA model to assess problems, develop strategic plans, build capacity and transform their communities.”
The CND was established by Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in 1946 to assist the ECOSOC in supervising the application of the international drug control treaties. In 1991, the General Assembly expanded the oversight of CND to function as the governing body of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The CND meets annually to adopt a wide range of decisions and ongoing meetings of the CND are regularly convened to provide policy guidance to UNODC.
The CND is composed of 53 Member States elected by the ECOSOC for a period of four years. The distribution of seats among the regional groups is as follows: 11 members from African States, 11 from Asian States, 10 from Latin American and Caribbean States, 6 from Western European and other States.