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    Our flagship publication is the biennial Global State of Harm Reduction report. First published in 2008, it involves a coordinated effort across practitioners, academics, advocates and activists to map global data and responses to HIV and hepatitis C epidemics related to unsafe injecting and non-injecting drug use. It is the only report to provide an independent analysis of the state of harm reduction in the world. The information collated within the report is stored and regularly updated on an interactive e-tool for researchers and advocates.

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    HRI is a leading non-governmental organisation working to reduce the negative health, social and human rights impacts of drug use and drug policy by promoting evidence-based public health policies and practices, and human rights based approaches to drugs. Read more about HRI’s history.

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    Harm reduction refers to policies, programmes and practices that aim to reduce the harms associated with the use of psychoactive drugs in people unable or unwilling to stop. The defining features are the focus on the prevention of harm, rather than on the prevention of drug use itself, and the focus on people who continue to use drugs.

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This news page will provide you with the latest information, updates and announcements from the conference organisers in the build up to this major five-day harm reduction event in Beirut, Lebanon from the 3rd to the 7th April 2011. The conference website is regularly updated to contain all of the information that you should need to plan for the conference, so please re-visit this page for more conference related news.

BEIRUT UPDATE – 1st April 2011

The Conference Consortium logistics team and Harm Reduction International staff are all now in Beirut and everything is falng into place. The conference banners along the main roads leading to the venue look magnificent, it´s a balmy high 20 degrees and there is a bustling good energy around the venue. Yesterday´s launch press conference was… Read more

BEIRUT UPDATE – 18th March 2011

As it is now only just over two weeks until the conference, we thought we would offer a recent update that took place in Beirut last week. It is significant that the 53 rd meeting of Arab Health Ministers took place last week at the conference venue, the Habtoor Grand Hotel, on March 9 th and 10 th . The meeting was moved to Beirut from its… Read more

Harm Reduction International AGM 2011, Beirut – Monday 4th April

Harm Reduction International's annual AGM meeting will take place on Monday 4th April from 14:30-16:00 in the Noura Room of the Metropolitan Palace Hotel, Horsh Tabet, Sin El Fil, Beirut, Lebanon,… Read more

BEIRUT UPDATE – 3rd March 2011

As we enter the first week of March, with the conference only a month away, we thought we would offer an update on the event and the ongoing preparations. The political situation in Lebanon remains stable and interest in the conference continues to grow as the opening day approaches. We are delighted that conference registrations continue to… Read more

Visitor's testimony of Beirut, Lebanon

A recent visitor to Beirut, Lebanon, Michael Kessler tells us how he found the city last week whilst on a short business trip: I have news for all those potential delegates who are toying whether to come to Beirut for the conference - if you don't you will be missing out on experiencing one of the world's most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities.… Read more

Sign up to a workshop!

In addition to this year's main programme at HR:2011 we are pleased to announce that there will also be a workshop and training stream running  alongside the main conference sessions on Monday 4th, Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th April 2011. In total there will be twelve workshop sessions across the three days for delegates to attend. Each… Read more

BEIRUT UPDATE – 21st February 2011

The conference team continues to provide updates on the situation in Lebanon, given the political and social change underway elsewhere in the region. We are committed to providing delegates with accurate and timely information and seek to assure you that life in Lebanon continues as normal, with no evidence of any major problems for visitors to… Read more

BEIRUT UPDATE – 7th February 2011

We have received a number of requests for information about the progress with the conference, following the recent political events in Lebanon and the wider region. To respond to these and any future enquiries it is our intention to provide regular updates here, addressing key concerns. Read more

Youth Rise to hold pre-conference event, 31st March - 2nd April, Beirut, Lebanon

Youth RISE will host a Youth Pre-Conference on 31 March - 2 April, immediately prior to Harm Reduction International’s 22nd Annual Harm Reduction Conference in Beirut, Lebanon. The event will bring… Read more

BEIRUT UPDATE – 21st January 2011

Happy new year to all of our harm reduction friends and colleagues around the world. A number of people have contacted us for an update on the conference in light of ongoing political developments in Lebanon. Harm Reduction International, SIDC and MENAHRA are monitoring these developments, in cooperation with our local partners in Beirut.… Read more