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About HRI

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.

Vision and Mission

Our vision is a world in which individuals and communities benefit from drug laws, policies and practices that promote health, dignity and human rights.


Meet our staff at HRI


HRI is governed by a nine person Board of Directors, elected for three-year terms.

What is harm reduction?

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.

Harm reduction definition and principles in 12 languages

Contact Us

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or queries about our website, our work, membership or the international harm reduction conference.


HRI benefits from the generous support of the Open Society Foundations, the European Commission, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the MAC AIDS Fund, UNAIDS, the World Health Organization, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, the World Bank, The Robert Carr Networks Fund and the Swiss Government.

Harm Reduction International Awards

HRI presents a number of awards at outr international conference to acknowledge the contributions of outstanding groups or individuals in the field.

Strategic Plan

Our vision is a world in which individuals and communities benefit from drug policies, laws and practices that promote health, dignity and human rights

Our Work

Evidence for advocacy

HRI produces groundbreaking research and policy analysis informing advocacy across our sector.

Spending where it matters

Funding for harm reduction services is dangerously short while billions are wasted on drug enforcement. HRI works to assess resourcing needs and advocates for a reinvestment in health.

Harm Reduction Decade

Read our latest report calling for a Harm Reduction Decade, sign the Harm Reduction Decade Declaration, call for #10by20, and stand up for human rights of people who use drugs, their families and communities.

10 by 20 Campaign

We are calling on governments to redirect 10% of the resources currently spent on ineffective punitive responses to drugs and invest it in harm reduction by 2020.

Human rights-based policy

Human rights abuses and drug enforcement go hand in hand. HRI challenges laws, policies and practices that generate harm.

The Death Penalty for Drug Offences

HRI monitors the death penalty for drugs in law and practice worldwide, and also considers critical developments on the issue.

Sector strengthening

HRI builds advocacy coalitions and supports emerging harm reduction networks to strengthen the international harm reduction sector.

International conference

Harm reduction is a global movement. Our biennial gathering is the International Harm Reduction Conference, convened by HRI.


News and Announcements

Read the latest announcements and updates from HRI.

Global State of Harm Reduction

Global State of Harm Reduction

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.

The Global State of Harm Reduction report is supplemented by regular thematic reports and advisories on key issues and emerging challenges. Please search our Resource Library for more information or join our e-list for regular updates.

Interactive e-tool

Global State of Harm Reduction’ e-tool is an interactive resource containing up-to-date information on harm reduction policy and programming around the world. Users can select countries or regions and create tables for an at-a-glance guide to the current state of harm reduction worldwide.

Resource Library

Resource Library

Use our extensive resource library to search for HRI, NGO and academic reports, articles and presentations, including materials from past international conferences.

Harm Reduction Journal

Harm Reduction Journal, www.harmreductionjournal.com, is an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal whose focus is on the prevalent patterns of psychoactive drug use, the public policies meant to control them, and the search for effective methods of reducing the adverse medical, public health, and social consequences associated with both drugs and drug policies.

Contact Us

Contact Us

Harm Reduction International
Unit 2C09 Southbank Technopark
90 London Road
SE1 6LN  

Tel: +44(0) 207 717 1592
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Conference 2019

The 26th Harm Reduction International Conference (HR19) which will take place April 28-May 1 in Porto, Portugal at the Alfândega Porto Congress Centre.

Register to attend HR19 here.

Satellite Meetings

As in previous years, groups and organisations will wish to organise meetings and satellite events to take place around Harm Reduction 2011. Harm Reduction International and the Conference Consortium welcome the opportunity to support and promote these events via the website and other media and acknowledge them in the conference reader.

Anyone wishing to organise a satellite should firstly contact Maria Souaid, at EVENTA (HR:2011's locally based managing agent). You will need to provide Maria with details of what facilities and services you require for your meeting and agree a contract for such facilities and any catering services. All arrangements and transactions, including financial transactions, are between EVENTA and the organiser of the satellite, neither Harm Reduction International nor the Conference Consortium can accept any liability assigned from either party for any expenditure involved.

Once you have details of the venue and time for your meeting you should contact Annie Kuch to discuss the promotion opportunities. Ordinarily to be recognised as an official satellite to the conference, publicised on the website and included in the conference reader, at least 50% (or 25 individuals, whichever is the larger number) of those anticipated to attend any satellite meeting must also be registered as delegates to the conference itself.

Satellites, meetings and other events:

MENAHRA Meeting - Wednesday 6th April

First we would like to welcome you to Beirut and hope you enjoy your stay in our country. We also would like to add on the networks meetings: the MENAHRA meeting that will take place in CEDARS… Read more

INPUD Meeting - Monday 4th April

International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD) The International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD) is a movement of people who use drugs (current and former) who support the… Read more

Asian Regional Harm Reduction Meeting - Wednesday 6th April

11:00 am to 1:00 pm, Noura Room, Metropolitan Palace Hotel This meeting will offer an opportunity for discussion amongst IHRC delegates from the region on how best to develop civil society… Read more

Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Meeting - Thursday 7th April

11:00 am to 1:00 pm, Noura Room, Metropolitan Palace Hotel Both the Harm Reduction International and the International Drug Policy Consortium are developing work and contacts in sub-Saharan Africa, and want to encourage a discussion amongst IHRC delegates from that region on how best to continue to develop civil society collaboration to… Read more

Network of Networks (NoN) Meeting - Monday 4th April

The Network of Networks is an informal coalition, originally formed at Harm Reduction International conference in Brazil in 1998. It provides a forum for harm reduction networks to share information, concerns and experiences, and to work together where required to campaign and advocate for harm reduction. The focus on the Network of Networks… Read more

International Doctors for Healthy Drug Policies (IDHDP) Meeting - Tuesday 5th April

How Does Drug Policy Affect Your Country's Drug Treatment? - An Overview (Tuesday 5th April 2011 Time: 15:30 to 17:00. Noura Hall, Lobby Level, Metropolitan Hotel, Beirut, Lebanon) Please note… Read more

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

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… Read more

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