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  • Civil Society Members
  • Policy Makers
  • Child Rights Advocates
  • Government Representatives
  • Prevention-treatment-recovery Professionals
  • Youth Leaders



  • Establishing the need to create Substance Abuse Free Environments for children around the world (Article 33 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child - UNCRC).
  • Advocating the relevance of primary prevention in national drug policies to protect children.
  • Domesticating the recommendations of the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) with children as a priority and sharing best practices.


Fourth Wave Foundation - Project Venda A project of the Fourth Wave Foundation, Project VENDA works in Kerala, India to effectively contain and manage the issue of substance abuse among children and teenagers by creating S.A.F.E. (Substance Abuse Free Environments)

World Federation Against Drugs is a multilateral community of 365 member organisations and over 400 individuals in 63 countries, who share the common aim to strengthen prevention, increase access to treatment and to promote recovery. WFAD specifically addresses the needs and rights of women and children within our field.

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime For two decades, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has been helping make the world safer from drugs, organised crime, corruption and terrorism. We are committed to achieving health, security and justice for all by tackling these threats and promoting peace and sustainable well-being as deterrents to them.



Children Matter?

The debilitating menace of drug abuse now prevalent among children and youth causes too many childhoods to be cut short. In this context, embracing Child Rights’ Convention’s Article 33 (States Parties shall take all appropriate measures, to protect children from the illicit use of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances) and the science of the adolescent brain development, nations from all over the world must unify to protect young persons from the initiation, production, and trafficking of drugs.

The World Drug Report of 2021 estimates a rise in drug use of 11% by 2030. The increase will mainly appear in lower-income countries, estimated to encompass 40% of the total increase. Marijuana legalisation has led to a global normalisation of the drug among youth. Alongside a normalisation of marijuana through popular culture. It is also curious to note that the potency of marijuana has increased four-fold between 1995 and 2019 through the propagation of hybrid lab bred varieties that is widely prevalent across the globe.

The National Mental Health Survey repeatedly shows 75% treatment gap for drug use disorders. It is indicative that merely 5% of people with illicit drug use disorders receive inpatient care. Children from families affected by the problem, children in need of care and children in conflict with the law are major concerns for those working for the welfare and safety of children to realise the Article 33 of the UNCRC.

Poor accessibility to quality health care and social care programs for people grappling with substance use disorders will be a major concern in the next decade. There is also an urgent need to understand early deflection or dissuasion programs to help them breakout of the clutches of crime groups by focusing on reformation that supports need for treatment and rehabilitation for substance use disorders is paramount.


The forum will have national and international speakers. Delegates will include civil society members, policy makers, national and state commissions on child rights, government representatives, prevention-treatment-recovery professionals and youth leaders from various nations.


  • Thiruvananthapuram
  • Kerala
  • India

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When you partner with this initiative, you will be endorsing the simple fact that children and our future matter. You will be investing in the priceless wealth that good health and happiness bring - not just to your home but to every home in your community.

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Email: conference@fourthwavefoundation.org

Fourth Wave Foundation

(Project VENDA)

Panthaplakkal House

Cheriyakumaroth Lane


Palarivattom, Ernakulam

Kerala 682 025

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Previous Conference


33 countries participated and created a 5-year road map to manage the drug and narcotic prevalence in their respective countries, with a particular focus on youth.