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24/07/2024

Green Crescent Addiction Prevention Practitioner Training Program was held for Country Green Crescents!

The International Federation of Green Crescent hosted an online training session regarding the Green Crescent Addiction Prevention Practitioner Training Program for Country Green Crescents from July 24-26. Expert volunteers from 19 countries, including Austria, Azerbaijan, Botswana, Palestine, Gambia, South Africa, Kyrgyzstan, TRNC, North Macedonia, Malaysia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Serbia, Somalia, Tanzania, Greece and Zimbabwe, participated in the training program. By the end of the program, 50 participants earned certification as Green Crescent Addiction Prevention Training Program practitioners.

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Global Advocacy

Public health constitutes one of the fundamental pillars of sustainable development, which is the common agenda for the entire world. The International Federation of Green Crescent (IFGC) prioritizes strengthening corporate development through its Member Country Green Crescents to enable more effective activities in the field of addiction prevention and advocacy.

What Do We Advocate For?

The International Federation of Green Crescent (IFGC) aims to create a strong civil society structure worldwide for effective addiction prevention, emphasizing the necessity of adopting globally applicable policies based on local realities and the dynamics of communities. Advocacy efforts in the global arena aim to increase awareness in public health, influence decision-making mechanisms and support the consistency of local-national-global policies.

Our Motivation

Public health constitutes one of the fundamental pillars of sustainable development, which is the common agenda for the entire world. In today's world, where cooperation and coordination are increasingly vital, the International Federation of Green Crescent (IFGC) lays the groundwork for coordinated efforts in public health by mobilizing civil potential in various parts of the world through its Member Country Green Crescents. The most significant source of motivation for IFGC during these efforts is the Country Green Crescents which are its members.

We Prioritize United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Since 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have brought together all countries, regardless of their level of development, in a universal call to action aimed at achieving sustainable development by 2030. Established by the United Nations, this agenda aims to ensure the sustainability of development and leave a more livable environment for future generations, with the slogan "Leave No One Behind." The International Federation of Green Crescent mobilizes international civil society to reintegrate individuals with addictions into society, thereby supporting the 2030 Agenda.

The International Federation of Green Crescent’s (IFGC) Focus on Sustainable Development Goals

SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being

3.5. Strengthen the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including narcotic drug abuse and harmful use of alcohol

3.a. Strengthen the implementation of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in all countries as appropriate

SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals

17.14. Enhance policy coherence for sustainable development

17.16. Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in all countries, particularly developing countries

17.17. Encourage and promote effective public, public-private, and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships

International Platforms for Global Advocacy

United Nations Platforms

United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND)

Established by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in 1946, the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) examines and analyzes the global drug situation. Comprising 53 members elected by ECOSOC, the CND is the United Nations' policy-making body on drug-related matters.

You can find more information about CND here.

United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ)

The United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ), established by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), is the principal policy-making body of the United Nations in crime prevention and criminal justice. Additionally, the CCPCJ provides a forum for Member States to exchange expertise, experience, and information to develop national and international strategies and determine crime prevention priorities.

You can find more information about CCPCJ here.

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) helps make the world safer from drugs, crime, corruption and terrorism. Headquartered in Vienna and operating with a network of more than 130 offices worldwide, UNODC serves as the secretariat for United Nations bodies working on drug-related issues and provides normative support for multilateral policy. The International Federation of Green Crescent and its Member Country Green Crescents collaborate closely with UNODC. The activities of UNODC related to drug control are identified through the Drug Control Program and various sub-events related to addictions are organized by Member Country Green Crescents with ECOSOC status, numbering up to 25, during the sessions of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) held annually in Vienna, actively advocating for addiction prevention and fostering international cooperation and partnerships.

You can find more information about UNODC here.

International Organizations According to Field of Work

European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention (ENSP)

Established in 1997, the European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention (ENSP) is an international non-governmental organization. ENSP aims to facilitate coordination among organizations working on tobacco control in Europe and thereby aims to develop comprehensive tobacco control policies in Europe.

Click here for more detailed information about ENSP.

 

Drug Policy Futures (DPF)

Drug Policy Futures (DPF) is a global platform established for a new dialogue on health-based drug policies. The primary motivation of this platform, advocating evidence-based strategies to strengthen public health and safety, including individuals with drug dependencies and their families, is to initiate an open dialogue about the strengths and weaknesses of global drug policies.

Click here for more detailed information about Drug Policy Futures.

 

World Federation Against Drugs (WFAD)

Established in 2009, the World Federation Against Drugs (WFAD) is a multinational assembly of civil society organizations and individuals. WFAD continues its activities with a focus on strengthening prevention, increasing access to treatment, and supporting recovery, recognizing the threat that illegal drug use poses to families, communities, and governmental institutions.

Click here for more detailed information about WFAD.

 

Istanbul Initiative

The Istanbul Initiative, led by the Turkish Green Crescent Society, was established to develop new methods in addiction prevention and to determine a global strategy. This global action, bringing together various international civil society actors, continues to exist to contribute to public health. Country Green Crescents actively participate in Istanbul Initiative.

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Movendi International

Movendi International describes itself as the largest independent global movement aimed at development through the prevention of alcohol. This movement aims to bring together civil society to address alcohol as a barrier to individual, societal, and global development. With over 160 years of experience, Movendi International continues its efforts to prevent the harm caused by alcohol and drugs and to inspire transformative and sustainable change.

Click here for more detailed information about Movendi International.

 

International Narcotics Control Board (INCB)

The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) is an independent, quasi-judicial body established by the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961. The INCB consists of 13 members, each elected for a five-year term by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

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International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC)

The International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) is a global network with 190 members worldwide. Established in 2006 and becoming a non-profit, independent civil society organization in 2011, IDPC continues its activities to mitigate the harm caused by punitive drug policies and to promote fair responses.

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Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs (VNGOC)

Established in 1983 to facilitate cooperation between non-governmental organizations and Vienna-based agencies involved in drug policy (UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs - CND, International Narcotics Control Board - INCB, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime - UNODC), the Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs (VNGOC) has seen 48 of our Country Green Crescents become members, actively conducting advocacy work within this platform.

Click here for more detailed information about VNGOC.

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