CICAD: Demand Reduction, EU-LAC


CICAD: Demand Reduction, EU-LAC


CICAD: Demand Reduction, EU-LAC

EU-LAC Alliance Creation



In the framework of the COIMBRA FORUM, held in Coimbra, Portugal (September 2010), and as a follow-up to the DECLARATION OF LUGO ON THE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF DRUG USE AND DEPENDENCE, approved in Lugo, Spain (April 2010) as part of the EU-LAC Drug Treatment City Partnerships, a project carried out by the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD), Secretariat for Multidimensional Security of the Organization of American States (OAS), with financing from the European Commission.

In the presence of the Mayors of Coimbra (Portugal), Lugo (Spain), Roseau (Commonwealth of Dominica), Colon (El Salvador), the President of Lambayeque (Peru), the Deputy Mayors of Goteborg (Sweden) and Segovia (Spain), national, regional and municipal authorities, and representatives of international organizations, we hereby create the new EU-LAC CITY PARTNERSHIP IN DRUG DEMAND REDUCTION, to cover all areas of drug and alcohol abuse prevention, treatment and rehabilitation.


  • Continue the efforts made by the cities and countries engaged in the EU-LAC initiative, and expand action in our cities in the area of drug demand reduction and violence prevention.
  • Welcome the inclusion of other cities and stake-holders that may in the future wish to join this effort.
  • Strengthen our capacities as cities to conduct assessments of the status of drug abuse and dependence in our environments.
  • Continue to strengthen inter-agency relations among those authorities, governments and entities responsible for coordination of drug strategies and policies at the local, regional and national levels, thus making for an improved service to our constituents and citizens.
  • Forge links with universities and research institutions that can help in the development of our local policies, so that our authorities and institutions can make appropriate plans and carry out evidence–based programs to address the drug problem.
  • Engage the media to raise awareness about the local drug problem, and increase community participation in the construction of drug policies.
  • Promote the inclusion of the drug issue in local policy agendas, and encourage collaboration among local, national, regional and international entities and associations working on the drug problem.
  • Meet as a City Partnership at least once a year in the country that holds the Chair of the Partnership (on a rotating basis each year), beginning in Lambayeque, Peru in 2011. Lambayeque-DEVIDA (Peru) offer to take on the national and local coordination of the meeting and serve as the first Chair.
  • Create within the Partnership specialized task forces that can provide technical assistance to countries/cities on request.
  • Undertake other activities within this Partnership in an effort to improve our capacities to address the drug problem.

This letter of intent will be expanded into a more detailed document that will be sent to all of the participating cities for possible ratification by the City Mayors.

Signed in Coimbra, Portugal, Friday, September 24, 2010

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EU-LAC Drug Treatment City Partnerships is an initiative funded by the European Commission, and coordinated by the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD), Secretary for Multidimensional Security of the Organization of the American States (OAS). The content of this publication does not necessarily reflect the position of the EU or the OAS.

updated on 3/1/2011 4:32:14 PM