The basis for international work within the field of disabilities is the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The purpose of these international collaborations is to disseminate Nordic disability policy solutions and experiences and to promote the exchange of experiences.
The Council of Europe's Committee of Experts
The Nordic Welfare Centre enjoys observer status on the Council of Europe's Committee of Experts on the Rights of People with Disabilities, DECS-RPD. The committee of experts works under the European Committee for Social Cohesion, Human Dignity and Equality.
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The Nordic Welfare Centre has a cooperation agreement with the EASPD (European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities). The purpose of this collaboration is, inter alia, to help people with disabilities to become more engaged in society and to promote the development of institutions for people with disabilities throughout Europe.
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The Nordic Welfare Centre has a representative on the Deafblind International (DbI) board. DbI’s main assignment is to promote services for people who are deafblind.
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European Social Network
The European Social Network (ESN) is a network of over 100 member organisations in 34 countries; it works with public social service issues at local level. It organises an annual conference for social services managers from all over Europe. The Nordic Welfare Centre arranges a side event – Nordic Day – in connection with these conferences to present relevant projects or topics of interest to European participants.
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School to Work
The Nordic Welfare Centre has taken part in the process for developing a flagship project within the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. The project is known as School to Work (S2W) and is a transnational initiative whose objective is to reduce early school drop outs and learn from each other on the issue of working with young people at risk of falling into vulnerable situations.
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Alcohol and drugs
International Society of Addiction Journal Editors
The Nordic Welfare Centres' journal Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs (NAD) is a member of the International Society of Addiction Journal Editors (ISAJE) and a member of the ISAJE board. ISAJE seeks to promote excellence in scientific publishing, with an emphasis on supporting the publication of abuse and addiction research in low to middle income countries and in languages other than English.
ISAJE is working on its third edition of the textbook ”Publishing Addiction Science” for publication during 2016. The book, which is freely available on the internet, is aimed at young scientists and comes with teaching aids used in education throughout the world. NAD’s editors participate in the work on the book.
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International Confederation of Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Research Association
The Nordic Welfare Centre maintains the secretaryship for the newly formed International Confederation of Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Research Association (ICARA). ICARA is the umbrella organisation for research associations in the field aimed at promoting research on alcohol, tobacco and other drugs and addictive substances.
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Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS)
Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being. The NDPHS is a cooperative effort of nine countries (Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Norway, Sweden, Poland, Germany, Finland and Russia), the European Commission and eight international organisations including the ILO, WHO, UNAIDS and NMR. The collaboration, which has continued since 2003, includes operations in four special areas coordinated by international groups of experts.
The Nordic Welfare Centre participates as a representative of the Nordic Council of Ministers in the expert group on alcohol, tobacco and drug related issues (ASA EG). The group seeks to reduce the proportion of alcohol-related injuries and prevent the abuse of drugs and tobacco in NDPHS countries through collaboration and the dissemination of knowledge and best practices.
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Alcohol Policy Network
The Nordic Welfare Centre participates in the alcohol collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and is a member of the steering committee for the Alcohol Policy Network (APN), which is a European network for collaboration and the dissemination of knowledge on alcohol policy issues.
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Welfare technology issues
Since 2014, the Nordic Welfare Centre has had a cooperation agreement with the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs (KIHASA). KIHASA’s is tasked with the systematic research and evaluation of national guidelines and programmes for health, welfare, social insurance and population issues. The collaboration covers welfare technology issues and comprises the exchange of publications, conferences and general professional sparring.
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