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Side Event, Wednesday 4th of March 2020, 9.10 am, BR-A room,  UNODC, Vienna, Austria, during the 63rd Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs. 

The Side Event is sponsored by the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Partnership on Substance Abuse, and co-sponsored by the Government of Italy, the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (Drug Prevention and Health Branch), the World Health Organisation (Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse), and by the co-founder of the Rome Consensus initiative: the Levenson Foundation, the C4 Recovery Foundation, PTACC (The Police, Treatment, and Community Collaborative Alliance) and the Villa Maraini Foundation.  

Goal of the event

A health-based drug policy encompasses adequate provision of evidence-based prevention and awareness measures, in order to make more accessible treatment, care and mental health services. Indeed, a Humanitarian Drug Policy takes a realistic and non-judgmental approach to drug consumption: it takes care of people who use substances through treatment and public health measures. Moreover, alternative measures in the criminal justice field represent an effective solution for engaging those who need help for their addiction within a public health approach, empowering people with drug disorders to take control of their addiction, health and lives. Such alternative measures can include pre-arrest deflection and diversion programmes, that avoid incarceration for consumers who needs treatment    

The Rome Consensus 2.0 initiative aims to bring evidence on how a humanitarian-based approach could be considered as a valid, alternative and viable strategy in the spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in line with the Outcome Document of UNGASS 2016, and to encourage all the leaders, experts and organizations are interested in this initiative, to join the declaration and our alliance and cooperate with us. 

For more info please give a look at the Concept Note Document.Concept_Note_SideEvent_Rome ConsensusDownload

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The re-launch of the Rome Consensus 
17-18 October 2019 – Rome 

In Rome, 17-18 October 2019, at the Italian Red Cross Headquarter, in Villa Maraini Foundation, was held the event that re-launched this Humanitarian initiative, initially created for the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement in 2005, and now enlarged to build up a humanitarian drug policy alliance. The Rome Consensus 2.0 has been planned to organise a series of meetings to promote discussion and then action on a new  Consensus Statement. Designed to bring together leaders, experts, and public authorities from across the world to explore ways to effectively combine health, emergency intervention, criminal justice and community responses to drug disorders. One of the main goals is to avoid the suffering and death toll caused by the opioid epidemic, by inspiring and spreading a humanitarian drug policy approach worldwide. This first meeting started from what we’ve done and learned so far in the last 15 years in order to brighten an international debate on how to tackle the drugs-related problems and how to respond to the needs of the most vulnerable people, by opening this humanitarian initiative to all the Organizations and leaders that are in line with our values and approach. 

For more info, read the Concept and the Agenda:


The co-founders of the Rome Consensus 2.0 during a press release of the initiative in Rome, October 2019
The co-founders of the Rome Consensus 2.0 during a press release of the initiative in Rome, October 2019
Governing Board of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Rome, October 2019
The working gruop outcomes on the declaration
Rome Consenus meeting event, with representatives of NGOs, International Organizations and experts from all around the worlds, Rome, October 2019
Drafting group discussion, Rome, October 2019