Methods of implementation and reasons for the proposed
EU/LAC city partnerships at high-level and technical-level, to draw attention to
the need to provide drug treatment, rehabilitation and aftercare programs to
local populations. The inter-regional forum of mayors, which will have a high
profile, the inter-city exchanges of policy-makers and technical staff, the
joint production of materials on best practices, and the rapid assessments of
the current state of drug treatment and rehabilitation, are all designed both to
focus the attention of policy-makers and the public on the issues at stake and
to improve the quality of care for drug addicts.
Responsibilities of participating cities
This project belongs to the participating cities, and we encourage cities to
take maximum advantage of it so as to improve drug treatment and rehabilitation
for their citizens, in ways that they think best. The participating cities, will
set the agenda. Nonetheless, there are a few ground-rules. Each participating
- Identify a potential partner city
on the other continent with which the city would wish to work in partnership,
and reasons for such a partnership (we recommend drawing on any personal or
professional contacts the city may already have, and making extensive use of the
- Develop clearly-stated goals and
desired outcomes of the project in general, and from the exchange visits in
particular. These goals and desired outcomes should be written in some detail
and forwarded to CICAD at the earliest opportunity. This document will become
the basis for the city’s partnership with its twin city.
- If needed, bring together a local
technical team to organize a local needs assessment, identify the geographical
area(s) where the Project will be conducted, recommend to CICAD which
institutions should be involved, and organize exchanges with partner cities.
Each city will designate one city official as the liaison with CICAD on this
project, and advise CICAD in this regard as soon as possible.
- Arrange media opportunities (TV,
radio and newspaper interviews) for visiting officials from the partner city, to
enable the visiting Mayor and others to explain the drug situation in his/her
- Make logistical arrangements in
the host city for visiting officials from the twin city (for example: hotel
reservations; local transportation within the city; a visit to a local drug
treatment program; perhaps a dinner, if city funds and regulations allow;
security arrangements, if necessary, and certainly, sending information about
the city in advance to the twin-city counterpart).
- Follow-up directly with visitors
from the twin city to plan future cooperation.
- For Latin American and Caribbean
cities only: appoint a city official who will direct the local effort to develop
a directory of city drug treatment programs. Participating cities will commit to
publishing their directories, either on the Web, or in local newspapers, or
through the distribution of flyers.
- All communications regarding this
project shall bear the logos of the European Union and of CICAD (which CICAD
will provide); additional logos (each city’s logo, shield or other graphic
device) are, of course, desirable, so that each city can put its own stamp on
- Each city’s activities in the
project have to be very carefully documented, and most particularly, the city’s
expenditures, including, if pertinent, funds provided by the European Commission
- To the largest extent possible,
each participating city will conduct its own evaluation, with its own funds, and
following CICAD guidelines.
updated on 2/28/2011 3:12:01 PM