7th ICCE-ASCAD International Conference on Addictions
Mr. Kinley Dorji, the Secretary-General of Colombo Plan, Ms. Charlotte Sisson, Senior Foreign Affairs Officer and Team Lead for Drug Demand Reduction, INL, US Department of State, Hon. Datuk Seri. Ir. Idris bin Hj. Haron, the Chief Minister of Melaka, and Dato’ Nur Jazlan Mohamed, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs of Malaysia representing the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, graced the Opening Ceremony of the 7th ICCE-ASCAD International Conference of Addiction conducted on 9-13 October 2016 in Melaka, Malaysia. The Conference was organised by the Colombo Plan International Centre for Credentialing and Education of Addiction Professionals (ICCE) in collaboration with Asian Cities Against Drugs (ASCAD) and Melaka Historical City Council, National Anti-Drug Agency (NADA), and Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), U.S. State Department, conducted the 7th ICCE-ASCAD International Conference on Addiction.
On behalf of the organisers, the Colombo Plan, Asian Cities Against Drugs (ASCAD), Melaka Historical City Council, National Anti-Drugs Agency (NADA), and Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), U.S. State Department, Mr. Kinley Dorji, the Secretary General of Colombo Plan welcomed participants of the Conference noting: “Colombo Plan is proud to be a leader in this profoundly progressive effort to build its capacity in drug demand reduction in Asia and the Pacific. This year’s 7th ICCE-ASCAD International Conference on Addictions with the theme, “Evidence-Based Interventions: Saving Lives, Saving Cost” is extremely appropriate as we move along with the trend of science based practice in prevention and treatment. It is highly commendable that this conference is organized on a cost-sharing basis whereby all participants from 26 countries pay to attend the different training tracks. Hence, I salute all of you for your dedication and commitment to this challenging work of drug demand reduction”.
The presentation of ICCE Award of Excellence to Dr. Shanti Ranganathan, Founder of the TTK Clinical Research Foundation, India, for her outstanding service in the field became one of the highlights of the Opening Ceremony.
During the ceremony ICCE signed seven MOUs granting the status of Education provider to four universities and three NGOs in Korea, Pakistan and Philippines.
Mr. Kinley Dorji, Secretary General of Colombo Plan and Mr. Tay Bian How, Director of ICCE presented the International Certified Addiction Professional (ICAP) credential to eight addiction professionals from Indonesia and Philippines.
The Recovery Fun Walk held prior to the official Opening Ceremony and graced by Hon. Datuk Seri. Ir. Idris bin Hj. Haron, the Chief Minister of Melaka marked the launch of the Conference with a new record officially registered in the Malaysia Book of Records as the “Largest Participation in an International Anti-Drugs” Campaign. A total of 1,448 participants walked the symbolic 2.4 km trail in support of the event’s slogan “Life without Drugs”.
The official opening of the Conference concluded with the State dinner hosted by H.E. Governor of Melaka, H.E. Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob, who acknowledged the five-days Conference as a platform for training, socialising, networking and professional development for 507 participants from 26 countries.