Prague - République Tchèque
Dr. Pavel Bém has over 20 years of experience in high management level, international, national as well as local drug policy planning and at developing of public health strategies, programmes, services as well as law enforcement interventions. He has served for a long period of time as a Permanent Correspondent of the Group Pompidou of the Council of Europe and as a Vice-president of the Committee of the Regions of the European Parliament. He worked for various UN bodies (WHO, UNDCP). He was a pioneer at developing of public health policies, namely national drug strategies at the end of the 80s’ and beginning of the 90s’ in former Czechoslovakia as well as later on in other countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Mr. Bém served as a National Drug Coordinator with the responsibility for the coordination and implementation of the overall drug strategy. He is an expert and member of the Czech National Drug Commission. He is an accomplished trainer and lecturer, both in the Czech Republic and internationally (Baltic countries, Slovenia, Hungary, US, UK, Slovakia, Denmark, Georgia, Albania, Russia, Latin America, etc.). He has participated at design and implementation of quality assurance standards and methods in the Czech Republic as well as internationally (Minimum Standard for QA of Drug Services in the Czech Republic, National Drug Commission, Government of the Czech Republic; Minimum Standards of HIV Prevention Among Injecting Drug Users, WHO; etc.). He has also designed and participated in implementation of the Czech National drug policy (1993-1996, 1997-1998) and also local/urban drug strategies (City of Prague Drug Strategies and Action Plans, 1998 – 2010, Prague Declaration 2011). He has been elected as a Mayor of Prague 6 (1998 – 2002) and re-elected twice as the Lord Mayor of the City of Prague (2002 - 2006, 2006 – 2010). In 2010 he has been elected as a Member of the Czech Parliament. He is a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy.