IDPC and Transform have been successful in our application for a Drug Policy Networking Zone at the upcoming International AIDS Conference to be held in Vienna from the 18th to 22nd July 2010.  There has been agreement that the Drug Policy Networking Zone will be co-located together with the Human Rights and Harm Reduction Networking Zones.  This will allow all three groups to benefit from the use of a much larger space in which to hold events and activities throughout the conference.

Please see attached the call for proposals for activities for the Drug Policy Networking Zone.  Each of the groups (human rights, harm reduction and drug policy) will be sending out separate calls but the proposals received will be considered together to ensure a strong programme that gives prominence to both overlapping issues and more distinct issues relating to each ‘paradigm’.

We encourage those of you planning to attend the conference to propose activities for the zone relating to your areas of expertise that will be of interest to the AIDS 2010 conference delegates.  This is a great opportunity to raise the profile of key issues and debates in drug policy (in particular those beyond the more traditional remit of harm reduction) with a broad and influential international audience.  There will also be space to display your publications and we are seeking volunteers to help in the space during the conference.

Please read the attached document carefully and if you wish to make a proposal for activities / display your publications and/or volunteer, please complete the form and email it back to jane@tdpf.org.uk by no later than Friday 30th April 2010.