Bangkok 2009

Bangkok Conference 2009‘Harm Reduction 2009: Harm Reduction International’s 20th International Conference’ took place in Bangkok, Thailand from the 20th to 23rd April, and – despite the city being under a ‘state of emergency’ due to disturbances – brought together an incredible 1,000 delegates from 80 countries around the world, including many from Thailand and other Asian countries. Particular thanks for this achievement must go to the four Conference Partners - the Asian Harm Reduction Network (AHRN), Population Services International (PSI), the Raks Thai Foundation, and the Thai Red Cross Society.

Overview

‘Harm Reduction 2009: Harm Reduction International’s 20th International Conference’ took place in Bangkok, Thailand from the 20th to 23rd April, and – despite the city being under a ‘state of emergency’ due to disturbances – brought together an incredible 1,000 delegates from 80 countries around the world, including many from Thailand… Read more

Presentations & Videos – Monday 20th April

Opening Session Video: Mom Rajawongse Sukhumbhand Paripatra Speech: Gerry Stimson Video: Gerry Stimson Speech: Michel Kazatchkine (Keynote Rolleston Oration) Video: Michel Kazatchkine (the 2009 Rolleston Oration) Plenary Session (P1) Injecting Drug Use and HIV: A Comprehensive Review of the Situation and Response in Asia… Read more

Harm Reduction International Awards

In 2009, for the first time, two International Rolleston Awards were awarded, as the Awards Committee were unable to choose between two exceptional candidates - Ralf Jürgens from Canada, and Sam Friedman from the USA. The first International Rolleston Award was presented to Ralf Jürgens – one of the leading international pioneers in the field… Read more

Film Festival

The ‘6th International Drugs and Harm Reduction Film Festival’ took place in Bangkok from April 20th to 22nd as a parallel track in the conference programme. The Festival continues to grow in strength and popularity among the conference delegates and over 75 films were submitted for 2009 – of which 35 were selected to be screened. Overall, 21… Read more

Links

Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) Newsletter March-April 2009 (Conference Article on Page 5) Asian Harm Reduction Network: Harm Reduction 2009 News Digest Conference Reports by the ‘Key Correspondents’ from Health Development Networks ‘Harm Reduction 2009: Key Messages and Priorities’ by… Read more

Programme & Abstracts

Harm Reduction 2009 Conference Programme Abstracts Book – Searchable Online Database Abstract Book - Downloadable version Read more

Conference Newsletters

In order to keep delegates up-to-date with the latest developments and announcements during the event – and to provide a record of proceedings – Drink and Drug News produce a series of ‘Daily Update’ newsletters. Tuesday 21st April – Downloadable Version Tuesday 21st April – Virtual Magazine Wednesday 22nd April – Downloadable… Read more

English Language Media Coverage

Sunday 19th April The Observer (UK): Curb Aids and HIV by decriminalising drugs, say experts Monday 20th April UNAIDS (International): HIV and drugs: two epidemics - one combined strategy Radio Australia: UN drug policy 'out of touch' says expert The Guardian (UK): AIDS campaigners will welcome call to decriminalise drug… Read more

Presentations & Videos – Tuesday 21st April

Plenary Session (P2) Harm Reduction and Human Rights (Organised by Harm Reduction International’s ‘Harm Reduction and Human Rights’ programme) Presentation: Manfred Nowak (Abstract #986) Presentation: Dainius Puras (Abstract #985) Presentation: Umesh Sharma (Abstract #999) Presentation: Tripti Tandon (Abstract #957) Major… Read more

Presentations & Videos – Wednesday 22nd April

Major Session (M4) What Are Our Rights?: Young People, Drugs and Harm Reduction (Organised by Youth RISE) Presentation: Iulia-Veronica Broasca (Abstract #780) Presentation: Piseth Kong (Abstract #774) Presentation: Caitlin Padgett (Abstract #829) Major Session (M5) Legal Interventions: Reducing Harms and Improving Rights (Organised… Read more

Presentations & Videos – Thursday 23rd April

Major Session (M10) An Analysis of Drinking Patterns in Four Asian Countries (Organised by the International Center for Alcohol Policies) Presentation: Ian Newman (Chair’s Introduction) Video: Ian Newman (Chair’s Introduction) Presentation: Ling Qian (Abstract #394) Video: Ling Qian (Abstract #394) Presentation: Surnggie Cho… Read more

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