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Role of community policing in preventing drug use among young people focus of OSCE-wide conference in Vienna next Tuesday

Effective measures to prevent drug use among youth through approaches such as community policing are the focus of this year's annual OSCE-wide Conference on Combating the Threat of Illicit Drugs and the Diversion of Chemical Precursors. The Conference will take place on Tuesday, 6 October in Vienna's Hofburg for OSCE delegations and online via Zoom for other participants.

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Organized by Albania’s 2020 OSCE Chairmanship and the Strategic Police Matters Unit of the OSCE Secretariat’s Transnational Threats Department, the meeting will bring together experts from OSCE participating States, Partners for Co-operation, international organizations and civil society.

The conference aims at providing a platform for experts to discuss collective measures and exchange best practices and lessons learned on how to advance effective drug prevention efforts. Special focus will be on the role of youth in preventing their drug use and abuse and on community policing as a tool to create and maintain the environment in which communities can successfully stand against illicit drugs over time.

The conference will be opened by Romina Kuko, Albania’s Deputy Minister of Interior on behalf of the OSCE Chairmanship and Tuula Yrjölā, OSCE Officer-in-Charge/Secretary General, Director of the OSCE Conflict Prevention Centre.

Media representatives are invited to cover the opening of the conference on Tuesday, 6 October 2020, from 09:00 to 09:30, via www.osce.org/live. There is no requirement to register.

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