INTL Youth Convening Day Five: The Bangkok Declaration

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Written by Convening participant Eva Cesárova, from Youth Rise and the Czech Psychedelic Society.  The last day of the convening started with a guest speaker: Gloria Lai from IDPC’s office in Bangkok. We learned about the remarkable work IDPC has done … more


INTL Youth Convening Day Four: Coalition Building & Regional Advocacy

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Written by Convening participant Florian Scheibein, Deputy Director of Help Not Harm. Jan Stola of Youth Organisations for Drug Action (YODA) kicked off the day with a session on best practice guidelines for conducting risk assessments. We identified, evaluated and … more


INTL Youth Convening Day Three: How To Be an Effective Advocate

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Written by Convening participant Samuel Andrews, Policy and Information Officer at the New Zealand Drug Foundation. The third day of the Youth Drug Strategies Convening was focused on how to be effective advocates for the change we want to see. … more


INTL Youth Convening Day Two: Full Spectrum Harm Reduction

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Written by Kelly Parra-Alba, a Convening participant and Communications Director for SSDP UK After an enthusiastic start to the week, Day 2 began with a 3 part session on Full Spectrum Harm Reduction and what this could entail for our … more


INTL Youth Convening Day One: Fostering a Global Youth Movement

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As the first day of the International Youth Drug Strategies Convening kicked off in Bangkok today, young people from around the world discussed the ways in which the global drug war has impacted their communities. The first activity of the … more


International Youth Convening Commences in Bangkok

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Bangkok is about to get hit with a heavy dose of sensibility. This week, 26 youth leaders from 21 different countries will be meeting in Bangkok, Thailand for the first ever International Youth Drug Strategies Convening. The goal of the … more


Studying Abroad? Join SSDP’s Ambassadors Program!

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Are you studying abroad this year? SSDP wants to know! You can help us build our  international student movement by introducing  SSDP at your university abroad and sharing how it has impacted your life.  Whether you are studying in Europe, … more


Experiencing the 55th Commission on Narcotic Drugs: A Student Reflects

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By Juan Ballestas, National University of Colombia

At the Madrid Airport, the pc that a friend lent me stopped working. It was kind of funny, I mean, travelling was an exciting concept, and maybe that poor machine couldn’t handle that kind of stress. Not only was this my very … more


More of the same or inching towards change?

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Last week, SSDP made its grand debut at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs meeting in Vienna, Austria.  This wasn’t the first time that SSDP had participated in the proceedings (many NGO representatives remembered Kris Krane’s much-lauded intervention in the “Beyond … more