MEDIA ADVISORY [8 MARCH 2019]
OVERVIEW:The 26th Harm Reduction International Conference (HR19), set to take place in Porto, Portugal (28 April – 1 May), is delighted to announce its first round of high-level speakers and details of the conference programme.
Confirmed speakers include:
HR19 will convene over 1,000 delegates – including policy makers, UN officials, frontline health professionals, advocates, academics and networks of people who use drugs - from more than 70 countries around the world. It is the largest international forum to share the latest cutting-edge research and debates on best practice in drug policy, harm reduction and human rights.
Programme highlights include:
The programme, which will receive updates and additions in the coming weeks, can be viewed online here.
MEDIA REGISTRATION: Accredited journalists who wish to attend the conference are invited to apply for a media pass as soon as possible here.
Media registration permits entry to all conference sessions, the exhibition and poster area, the opening and closing sessions, and the media centre. Conference registration fees are waived for all accredited journalists who attend.
For journalists unable to attend, there will be opportunities to cover the conference virtually. Updates will be provided throughout HR19, and select plenaries and press conferences will be live-streamed. Please indicate your interest to cover the conference virtually here.
A full press programme, including details of HR19 press conferences, will be available soon.
WHO: HR19 is organised by Harm Reduction International, a leading NGO dedicated to reducing the negative health, social and legal impacts of drug use and drug policy, in partnership with Agência Piaget para o Desenvolvimento (APDES).
WHEN: Sunday, 28 April – Wednesday, 1 May 2019
WHERE: Alfândega Porto Congress Centre, Porto, Portugal
ABOUT THE HARM REDUCTION INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: The conference first took place in 1990 in Liverpool, and is now held biennially in a different city around the world.
HR19 will be a unique opportunity to learn first-hand about the public health and rights advances made under Portugal’s ground breaking model that decriminalised drug use in 2001. The conference theme, ‘People before Politics,’ will underpin all HR19 activities and highlight the importance of putting public health and people’s lives before political ideology.