Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

December 06, 2010 09:49 ET

CCSA Head Named Chair of International Drug Policy Committee

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 6, 2010) - Canada accepted a significant role on the global drug strategy stage with the recent appointment of Michel Perron, CEO of the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) to chair the Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs (VNGOC). Both internationally and at home, CCSA is considered a leading non-governmental organization in mobilizing collaborative efforts to reduce alcohol and other drug-related harms.

VNGOC is a vital link between NGOs and the key intergovernmental and international agencies involved in drug policy, strategy and control: the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, the International Narcotics Control Board and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Initially created in 1983, the objective of VNGOC is to support the work of the UNODC, provide information on NGO activities and involve a wide sector of civil society in raising awareness of global drug policies.

Creating consensus

"As the global NGO community continues to move forward, we can achieve tremendous progress by working alongside our partners in government, multi-lateral institutions and among ourselves," said Michel Perron. "VNGOC has worked incredibly hard to create consensus amongst an expansive diversity of approaches and philosophies from the NGO community through the Beyond 2008 process, which brought the voice of more than 900 NGO's from 145 countries into the international drug policy arena. We at VNGOC have a responsibility to capitalize on the Beyond 2008 Declaration and Resolutions as they represent a unique consensus and road map on how to address drug abuse. I am most confident that our extensive membership can make significant steps forward in making our recommendations a reality."

"In Canada, Mr. Perron was among the first to champion the creation of a National Framework for Action to Reduce the Harms Associated with Alcohol and other drugs and substances," said David Turner, former Chair VNGOC. "His approach in Canada and internationally is based on results-driven partnerships between government, not-for-profit and private sectors and I am confident his knowledge and leadership, and work in spearheading Beyond 2008 is only the beginning of successfully leading VNGOCs new chapter."

"To tackle drugs, we need to keep constant contact with on the ground knowledge and expertise. Our main partner NGOs provide that context and support our work from the local to the global level," said Yury Fedotov, Executive Director, UNODC.

Perron will begin his term as Chair on January 1st 2011, and among his first tasks will be to organize the VNGOC efforts for the upcoming Commission on Narcotic Drugs which takes place in Vienna, Austria in March 2011.

About CCSA

With a legislated mandate to reduce alcohol- and other drug-related harms, the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) provides leadership on national priorities, fosters knowledge translation within the field, and creates sustainable partnerships that maximize collective efforts. CCSA receives funding support from Health Canada.

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