The Rome Consensus for a Humanitarian Drug Policy is a framework for dialogue and cooperation that commits 121 National Societies of Red Cross and Red Crescent from Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe to promote and implement humanitarian approaches to drug policy. The Rome Consensus aims at raising the profile of drug policy to the forefront of social concerns, hinging formulation and implementation of drug control on public health concerns.
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The foundation text of the Rome Consensus reinforces the Red Cross - Red Crescent Movement’s engagement in drug policy. In a nutshell, within the Rome Consensus Declaration National Societies:
- Recognize the need for a new humanitarian, realistic, public health and socially based drug policy;
- Establish a new commitment to a humanitarian drug policy based on reason and compassion that generates action, free from ideology, force, stigmatization and discrimination;
- Commit the strength of the Red Cross - Red Crescent Movement provided by its auxiliary role to national governments on humanitarian assistance, to actively encourage the formulation and implementation of a humanitarian drug policy that saves lives and alleviates human suffering.
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There are currently 121 National Societies Signatories, as of December 2009:
Drug Prevention, Treatment and Harm Reduction: Scaling-up of Red Cross-Red Crescent Best Practices, Rome, 14-15 December 2009
A two-day Seminar entitled Drug Prevention, Treatment and Harm Reduction: Scaling-up of Red Cross-Red Crescent Best Practices was held in Rome on the 14th and 15th of December, 2009.
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Cyprus join the Rome Consensus
The Rome Consensus coordination team is delighted to report that the Cyprus Red Cross became signatory to the Rome Consensus on December 15th 2009, during the recent Rome Seminar.
The Maldives join the Rome Consensus
We are delighted to welcome the Maldives' Red Cross to the Rome Consensus for a Humanitarian Drug Policy.
We are looking forward to working with this National Society on all the upcoming Rome Consensus projects and events.
2009 – The Rome Consensus welcomes five new signatories
We are delighted to welcome the British Red Cross (September 10), the French Red Cross (May 26), the Macedonian Red Cross (March 27), the Mauritius Red Cross (February 27) and the Monaco Red Cross (January 6) to the Rome Consensus for a Humanitarian Drug Policy.
We are looking forward to working with these five National Societies on all the upcoming Rome Consensus projects and events.