At the Heart of the Response
The theme of this year’s conference is 'At the Heart of the Response', and the programme will include presentations, panels, workshops and dialogue space sessions on innovative harm reduction services, new or ground-breaking research, effective or successful advocacy campaigns and key policy discussions or debates. In the context of a country moving towards a more forward-looking approach to drugs, but a region and a planet where progress is still painfully slow, we want HR17 to be the place where the people at the heart of the response come together to build a movement that learns, shares and cooperates to build a world where people benefit from good drug policies, rooted in dignity, health and human rights.
People who use drugs, sex workers, people living with HIV; researchers, campaigners, activists; health professionals, development specialists, human rights experts: all of these and many others are invited to participate in our four-day programme of presentations, workshops, exhibitions, film screenings, networking events and local site visits.
With delegates from more than 70 countries set to take part in this four-day conference, the programme will not only reflect the truly global nature of our movement but also address key international issues. The programme will be carefully selected from abstract submissions received through our global call for abstracts; all abstracts submitted will be put through a rigorous peer review process, first by an online International Review Committee, and then by an Executive Review Committee who will gather in London in December to formulate the conference programme.
The agenda will encompass, high profile main plenaries, research, panel discussions dialogue space sessions, workshops and films as a basis for further dialogue.
The call for abstracts is now closed.
1 September 2016 - Abstract Submission Opens
25 October 2016 - Abstract Submission Closes
November 2016 - International Review Committee
5-7 December 2016 - Executive Programme Committee
Early January 2017 - Successful and Unsuccessful Authors Contacted
February 2017 - Programme Finalised
Executive Programme Committee Members
Aram Barra – México Unido Contra la Delinquencia
Roxanne Beauchemin – CACTUS Montréal
Adam Bourne – Sigma Research
Jamie Bridge – International Drug Policy Consortium
Judy Chang – International Network of People who Use Drugs
Cyndee Clay – HIPS
Richard Cloutier – Ministère de la Santé et des Services Sociaux (Québec)
Anna Dovbakh – Eurasian Harm Reduction Network
Richard Elliott – Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
Mauro Guarinieri – Global Fund
Patricia Haddad – Middle East and North Africa Harm Reduction Association
Fabienne Hariga – United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Magdalena Harris – London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Viv Hope – Public Health England
Julian Hows – GNP+
John-Peter Kools – Chair, Harm Reduction International
Jay Levy – International Network of People who Use Drugs
Niklas Luhrman – Médecins du Monde
Murtaza Majeed – YouthRISE
Lisa Massicotte – Association des Intervenants en Dépendance du Québec (AIDQ)
Susie McLean – HRI Board
Pat O'Hare – HIT
Benjamin Phillips – Harm Reduction Coalition
Tim Rhodes – London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Vali Simantov – International Network of People who Use Drugs
Tripti Tandon – Lawyers Collective India
Khalid Tinasti – Global Commission on Drug Policy
Ninan Varughese – UNAIDS
Annette Verster – WHO
Serge Votyagov – Robert Carr Civil Society Networks Fund
Bangyuan Wang – International HIV/AIDS Alliance
Dan Werb – International Centre for Science in Drug Policy
Daniel Wolfe – Open Society Foundations
Representative of UNAIDS
The Executive Programme Committee also includes representation from the Harm Reduction International staff team.