As a network NordAN advocates the prevention and reducing of alcohol- and drug-related harm through effective evidence-based alcohol- and drug policy in the Nordic and Baltic countries and in the entire Northern dimension region of Europe.


Conference organizer: Lauri Beekmann

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Conference program

FRIDAY, October 5


10.00 Welcome and introduction – Peter Allebeck, President, NordAN

Maria Bergström, vice president of SLAN 

KEYNOTE presentations


Opportunities and challenges of the Nordic/Baltic alcohol policy model – Håkan Leifman, director of CAN (Centralförbundet för alkohol- och narkotikaupplysning)

The Future Nordic Co-operation on alcohol policy - Bo Könberg, a Swedish Liberal People’s Party politician, former minister and MP. Author of The Nordic Council of Ministers commissioned report „The Future Nordic Co-operation on Health“.


Panel discussion moderated by Peter Allebeck. Participants: Håkan Leifman, Bo Könberg and Leena Haraké.


12.00 LUNCH

13.00 Who´s needs will the future policies meet? Conclusions from a project "Full right for Nordic Girls" – Leena Haraké, General Manager of WOCAD/Women's Organisations Committee on Alcohol and Drug Issues. WOCAD is the Swedish women's organisations collaborating body for issues concerning alcohol, narcotics and addictive drugs.

How to move forward? Is the Nordic model changing? The Finnish situation – Thomas Karlsson

Thomas Karlsson is a senior researcher and vice head of unit at the Alcohol, Drugs and Addictions Unit at the Department of Public Health Solutions at the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL). He is also head of the WHO Collaborating Centre on alcohol policy implementation and evaluation based in THL.

14.00 Member organisations in a discussion. Representatives from NordAN member organisations and countries, discussing the future challenges of alcohol policy from the national point of view

MODERATOR: Nijole Gostautaite Midttun


Ina Johansen, Alcohol & Society , DENMARK

Juha Mikkonen, EHYT, FINLAND

Stig Erik Sørheim, Actis, NORWAY


14.30 Coffee break

DRUGS: 2019 – evaluation for Global Drug Policy - Linda Nilsson, Secretary General of World Federation Against Drugs - WFAD

Women's section introducing main challenges and areas of concern - Hannah Kroksson, Secretary General for LSU/The Swedish Council of Youth Organisations


Icelandic youth and drugs. Is there anything to learn? - Árni Einarsson

Árni is Managing Director of Fræðsla og forvarnir (Information Center on Alcohol and Drug Prevention) in Iceland. He has a master degree in education and pedagogy and has an extensive experience working with education, prevention and NGO‘s at local, national and international level for over 40 years.

15.45 OPEN FORA - „Speed-dating“ - (3x15 min)

Árni Einarsson - Learning from Iceland

Linda Nilsson - New developments in drug policy

Viljam and Liis Borissenko - Rehabilitation work in Estonia

Sigridur Björnsdottir - Preventing drug abuse by preventing sexual child abuse

Team from Lithuania - Life after big alcohol policy changes in Lithuania


17.00 – General Assembly meeting

19.00 – Dinner at Hermans Vegetarian Restaurant -



SATURDAY, October 6

9.00 Overview of the first day and introduction to the second – Anne Babb, General Secterary of IFBC

European Parliament elections - why it is important and how to engage? - Aleksandra Kaczmarek

Senior Policy Manager, Eurocare. Aleksandra Kaczmarek has a Masters Degree in European Union Law from King’s College London (University of London, UK) and a Bachelors Degree in Politics and Sociology from the University of Liverpool (UK). Her main areas of responsibility covers labelling, road safety, alcohol as a risk factor in non-communicable diseases, food policy as well as relations with the European Parliament.


Fit for Purpose? Is alcohol industry self-regulation in the UK working? - Andrew Misell

Andrew is Alcohol Concern’s Director for Wales, and has led the development of the charity’s work in Wales since 2009. He previously worked for Diabetes UK, leading their policy and public affairs work in Wales, and has also been a Senior Researcher with the Liberal Democrat group in the National Assembly for Wales.


10.30 Coffee break

What needs to be done and what can be done?


Bente Stein Mathisen, Nordic Council chairperson for the Committee for Welfare in the Nordic Region

Carina Ferreira-Borges, WHO Europe, Moscow


Panel discussion moderated by Kalle Dramstad, European Policy Officer at IOGT-NTO. Participants: Bente Stein Mathisen, Carina Ferreira-Borges and Aleksandra Kaczmarek

12.30 Conclusions and thanks – Peter Allebeck

Lunch-bags-to-go with wraps and a juice

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