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Dec 13, 2007

Eurasian Harm Reduction Network Enables DU to speak for themselves in EC Forum on Drugs

Drug User Activists :

Dear colleagues at the European Commission,

Thank you for your commitment to have better involvement of the civil society and inviting Central and Eastern European Harm Reduction Network (now Eurasian Harm Reduction Network – EHRN) into newly established Commission’s Civil Society Forum on drugs.

The recent letter from the organizers indicated possibility to have two persons from the Civil Society Forum’s member organization. We had a discussion inside EHRN and we would like to allocate our second seat to INPUD, International Network of People Who Use Drugs.

We understand that INPUD was not selected to the Civil Society Forum on drugs as indicated in previous communication of the Commission. However, our expectation is that using the second EHRN’s seat for having the voice of wide network of people who use drugs will be allowed.

Milena Naydenova is indicated as INPUD’s representative and we are very glad if she is available to represent INPUD at the Civil Society Forum on drugs using her multi-year experience in the organization of people who use drugs in “Hope-Sofia” (Bulgaria) which was in the core of organization and current activities of INPUD and has long experience in development of organizations of people who use drugs in Central and Eastern Europe.

I copy this letter to colleagues in INPUD and representatives of the EHRN’s Steering Committee.

We look forward to hear from you soon.

Kind regards,

Raminta Stuikyte

Director, Secretariat

Eurasian Harm Reduction Network (EHRN)

Formerly: Central and Eastern European Harm Reduction Network (CEEHRN) NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations

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