The Nordic Alcohol and Drug Policy Network
NordAN was established in September 2000 as a network of non governmental, voluntary organizations who all worked to reduce the consumption of alcohol and other drugs and who supported a restrictive alcohol and drug policy and who did not receive contributions from the commercial alcohol industry.
Acting on these principles NordAN today have grown to have 90 non-governmental, voluntary member organisations in all the eight Nordic and Baltic countries (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden), all active in the alcohol and drug field.
NordAN member organisations are primarily volunteer organisations, networks and foundations that represent a diversity of views, cultural attitudes, activity and competences within the alcohol and drug field in their home countries. They are involved in research and advocacy, education and training of voluntary and professional community workers, counselling services, residential and treatments services for drinkers, users of drugs and their families, support for children at risk, workplace actions and school based programmes as well as awareness information to the public in general.
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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.
.NordAN strives to be a facilitator and a resource for its members and affiliates, providing service for members, the inter government organisations and the media concerning Health and Social issues in general and Drug and Alcohol Policy in particular.
The annual NordAN conferences are organised in corporation with member organisation from a different country each year and often held upon an actual theme of overriding importance.
The NordAN assembly of representatives is the highest decision making body of the network and meets annually during the political conference of NordAN.
The NordAN board is responsible for the daily management of the network and consists of a president elected by the entire assembly of representatives and one representative from each member country elected only by the members of the assembly coming from that country.
Policy statements and resolutions are adopted either by the assembly of representatives or by the board when appropriate like the NordAN contribution to the WHO public hearing on the creation of a global alcohol strategy autumn 2008.
NordAN strives to be a facilitator and a resource for its members and affiliates, providing service for members, the inter government organisations and the media concerning Health and Social issues in general and Drug and Alcohol Policy in particular.
The actual overriding priorities of NordAN is to secure the annual conference as part of a member’s forum to exchange good practice, inform about current issues and promote a broad debate on alcohol and drugs and to work on internal weaknesses and disagreements in particular on drugs. Furthermore NordAN is to stay informed about relevant international developments on alcohol and drugs and use this to engage in advocacy activities in the Northern dimension region of Europe.
The specific goals and task is described in an Annual Action Plan of agreed on by the assembly of representatives.
The NordAN Alcohol Policy Platform was adopted by the NordAN assembly of representatives in Reykjavik 2007.
The NordAN Drug Policy Platform was adopted by the NordAN assembly of representatives in Helsinki 2009.
NordAN is represented in the Nordic Alcohol Experts Group of the Nordic Council of Minsters (NCM)
NordAN is represented in the Social Inclusion, Healthy Lifestyles & Work Ability – Expert Group (SIHLWA EG) of the Northern Dimension Partnership for Public Health and Social Wellbeing (NDPHS).
NordAN is associated member of the European Alcohol Policy Alliance; Eurocare
NordAN is collaborating partner in the European Building Capacity for Action Project and thus represented in the Alcohol Policy Network Committee.
NordAN is a member of the European Alcohol and Health Forum of the European Commissions Health and Consumer Protection / Public Health and Risk Assessment, Directorate General.