The organizers call for researchers and stakeholders interested in issues related to Cannabis-related policies and practices – and their correlations with the Sustainable Development Agenda – to send abstracts with proposals to present in Plenary during the International Cannabis Policy Conference, which will be held on December 8th and 9th, 2018, in Vienna, Austria.
Since 2015, FAAAT think & do tank has served as a global platform for the debate and elaboration of non-divisive and innovative proposals to upgrade policies and practices related to drugs and plants, products or substances placed under public control – or prohibited.
Today, the international context for renewing Cannabis policies is more fertile than ever, and in particular:
- A new global paradigm for drug policies offered by the UNGASS 2016 (United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the world drug phenomenon in April 2016),
- A new global engaging frame for public policies generally, with the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development and its 17 Goals for our societies,
- The beginning of a new approach to Cannabis guided by evidence and health concerns, with the ongoing WHO scientific review process,
- And locally, with a new set of complete regulations (Uruguay, Canada, USA, and projects in many other countries such as the Netherlands or New Zealand) but also increased partial regulations for medical use (Philippines, UK, Colombia, Lesotho…) or for industrial uses (USA, Switzerland…)
In 2016, the UNGASS called for interested parties (including stakeholders from civil society, academia, the private sector, and affected populations) to scale-up their involvement in the design of drug-related policies. This demand was reiterated in the resolution 60/1 of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), explicitly calling for the provision of inputs prior to its High-Level Meeting (HLM) to be held in March 2019.
Abstracts should be focused in particular on the topics of human rights and the rule of law, environment, climate change and ecosystems, health policies and access to Cannabis for therapeutic and healing purposes, public health and harm reduction, hemp-related innovations.
The Conference Committee
1. Possible topics concern the links between Hemp, Cannabis and Cannabis policy, with:
- human rights,
- rule of law,
- climate change,
- health policies
- access to controlled drugs for therapeutic/healing purposes,
- public health
- harm reduction,
- hemp-related innovations (processing/harvesting, seeds & oil, fiber, textile, cosmetics, building, etc.)
2. Abstracts accepted will be given an oral presentation up to 15 minutes including discussion time, in plenary.
3. Authors can submit one or more abstracts in English. But they will be able to present in English, German or Spanish.
4. Please note that only complete submissions which confirm to the guidelines in format and structure and which are submitted by October 1st 2018 will be accepted for consideration.
5. Submission of a proposal constitutes a commitment by the author to present if accepted.
6. The organization will provide VIP passes to selected authors, but authors are responsible for all travel-related expenses (if you have financial difficulties please contact email@example.com).
7. Authors of abstracts must indicate when and where the content has been presented if this is not the first presentation.
8. The Conference Committee will select from the abstracts submitted. Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection by email by October 15th, 2018.
9. All abstracts accepted will be published exactly as submitted. Title, author, institution and address will be published and included in the conference syllabus. For the benefit of submission reviewers and Conference attendees, please ensure that the presentation content is reflected accurately in the title.
10. All abstracts accepted for lectures will be published in the conference syllabus in English.
11. All abstracts and presentations will be recorded (video and audio) and published on the Conference content pages such as the website and several social media channels. The author(s) also agree for their speech to be streamed live on the website or social media channels during the conference.
If you have any questions about the submission process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org