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Emirates News Agency – 3rd Global Young Leaders in Substance Prevention Forum kicks off in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, 12th May, 2022 (WAM) — The 3rd Global Young Leaders in Substance Prevention Forum kicked off in Abu Dhabi, to tackle drug abuse and addiction, and seek to build a global network of partnerships between organizations and specialists in the field of addictions and disorders.

Organized under the theme “Uniting the international community to meet the challenge of drug addiction”, the event is organized by the National Rehabilitation Center (NRC) from May 12 to 16 at the Abu Dhabi Exhibition Center (ADNEC), in cooperation with the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) of the United States Department of State, the Colombo Plan for Economic Cooperation and Social Development in Asia and the Pacific, and the Inter-American Abuse Control Commission drugs (CICAD).

The forum coincides with the conference of the World Association of Psychotropic Substance Treatment and Rehabilitation Specialists, being held in Abu Dhabi, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential affairs.

During the event, Dr. Hamad Abdullah Al Ghafri, Director General of the National Rehabilitation Center said that young people are the cornerstone of the UAE’s development process. He noted that the country is harnessing its full potential to develop youth and empower young people, through an array of related programs, projects and initiatives.

“The UAE is keen to provide the latest medical practices and techniques based on scientific research and innovation in drug addiction prevention, treatment and rehabilitation,” he said.

He stressed that the main objective of the forum will be to strengthen the leadership of young people in the field of the prevention of psychotropic substances through the initiatives they organize, explaining that the forum aims to help young people establish and maintain drug prevention activities, and to equip them with the knowledge and skills to implement effective preventive interventions and initiate youth-led community action plans in drug prevention.

A team of 14 international trainers specializing in the prevention of psychotropic substance use among young people, and 10 youth workers who have received intensive three-month training, will participate in the forum, which will be attended by 65 young men and women from 40 countries. around the world, as well as 16 young men and women from the United Arab Emirates.

The National Rehabilitation Centre, he added, has developed a future work plan to track participants and what they are doing to prevent mind-altering substances, in which communication is done on a monthly basis via email. and via a quarterly virtual meeting and a virtual annual meeting. gathering ceremony, and preparations are underway to establish a network that they manage themselves, so that the link of the center is not broken between them and to be a relay for young leaders in this field at the regional level.