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In August 2019, ISSUP and its National Chapters in Latin America were invited to take part in the XX Meeting of the Drug Demand Reduction Expert Group in Colombia. The three day meeting was organised by the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) and brought together experts from more than 20 Caribbean and Latin American countries.
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At the end of August, ISSUP and the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) held the 1st Regional National Chapters Meeting in Latin America organised as a side event of the XX Drug Demand Reduction Expert Group Meeting.
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At the end of last month, ISSUP's Deputy Director, Livia Edegger attended the 4th Annual ICUDDR Conference in Cusco, Peru. The conference was kicked off on Sunday, July 21st with welcome speeches by university representatives, government officials and international organisations and included the presentation of the Cusco Declaration on Substance Use and Treatment.
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We have put together video recordings of all the plenary sessions that took place in Vienna during the International Conference on Drug Prevention, Treatment and Care – Inspiration and Direction. You can also view clips of the opening, closing and award ceremony! Please view the youtube video descriptions for details of individual presentations.
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The ISSUP National Chapter family now spans the globe.  The ISSUP yearly events offer a vital opportunity for the Chapters to connect (or reconnect) in person and share with each other the work each National Chapter is carrying out in their respective countries.
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Many thanks to His Excellency Christian Fellner, Austrian Ambassador to Kenya for meeting the team from ISSUP Kenya at the Austrian Embassy Nairobi. It was an honour sharing  on Drug Demand Reduction (Kenya and Austria experience), this in preparation for ISSUP V conference in Vienna. Present: ISSUP Kenya President Evans Oloo, Executive members Dr. Richard Gakunju & Ms. Susan Ruturi  
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The 27th Annual Meeting of the Society for Prevention Research (SPR) was held from May 28th – 31st in San Francisco. This year’s conference focus ‘Prevention Science in a Big Data World’ offered the opportunity to consider ways in which the prevention science community can leverage complex data and innovative technologies to open new avenues in prevention research.
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31st March 2019 saw the ceremonial launch of ISSUP India. It took place during the 7th National Conference of FINGODAP, the Federation of Indian NGOs for Drug Abuse Prevention. Over 500 NGOs were represented at the event in New Delhi.
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In February 2019 ISSUP staff and Executive Committee members attended the Drug Demand Reduction Programming in the Americas meeting organised by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) to share ISSUP's programming in Latin America and the Caribbean and plan for future collaborations. 
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Afghanistan is now a formally established ISSUP member and all professionals and those interested can apply for membership and become members of ISSUP Afghanistan National Chapter. CHATAR will be the host organization for the ISSUP Afghanistan National Chapter.
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