The Global Initiative on primary prevention of substance abuse
The Project
Good Practices

The Global Initiative

The UNDCP/WHO Global Initiative on Primary Prevention of Substance Abuse was a collaborative project between the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC, formerly the United Nations International Drug Control Programme or UNDCP) and the World Health Organization (WHO). It was fully funded by the Government of Norway.

Through the Global Initiative, we identified more than 100 organizations experienced in working at a community level for - and with - young people and that were interested in integrating substance abuse prevention into their work. We have done this in eight countries in three regions: South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia (Southern Africa); Belarus and Russia (Central and Eastern Europe); and the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam (South-east Asia).

These organizations became our local partners in the prevention of substance abuse among the young people of their communities. We provided these partners with training, financial and technical support. They assessed the substance abuse situation in their communities and, on this basis, developed and implemented prevention activities.

We wanted the experience of our local partners to be of use and inspiration to other organizations all over the world. Therefore, we developed good practices on prevention and have collated and analysed the experience of our local partners in the following three respects:

  • assessing the substance abuse situation and planning a prevention response
  • using alternative activities for substance abuse prevention
  • monitoring and evaluating substance abuse prevention

The Global Initiative underwent an external evaluation which assessed our effectiveness in mobilizing our local partners for substance abuse prevention. You can learn more and access documents and publications that are the results of our activities by clicking on the links above or by visiting the Global Initiative web site of the WHO.

You can also contact us directly:

Ms Giovanna CAMPELLO
Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Unit
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
P.O. Box 500
A-1400 Vienna

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