Mentor International and H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden Attended Vatican Summit

Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 November, Mentor International and its founder Her Majesty The Queen of Sweden visited the Vatican to take part in the seminar Narcotics: Problems and Solutions of this Global Issue conference.

25 November 2016 | Blog

Pope Francis shakes hands with Queen Silvia of Sweden during a conference "Narcotics, Problems and Solutions of This Global Issue" organized by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences at the Casina Pio IV, at the Vatican, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden introduced the workshop attended by leading professionals, scientists, experts, medical doctors, researchers, practitioners, members of civil society, judges and Pontifical Academicians. The current system to examined presents numerous aspects: the history of drug use from a cultural and geopolitical point of view, the different types of substances, the centers of production and distribution and consumer typologies.

The goal of the two days was to reach a consensus about possible innovative solutions to this global health threat. Particular attention was devoted to prevention of substance abuse related to children and young people.

Mentor Foundation (Mentor International) attended this special session as the leading international not-for-profit organization working to empower young people and prevent drug abuse. H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden established Mentor International in 1994 in collaboration with the WHO.

Yvonne Thunell, Chairman of Mentor Foundation International, presented a session, Preventing Drug Addiction in Children and Youth, that focused on the impact Mentor has had on preventing substance abuse among young people.

“It was a unique opportunity to bring international specialists to find constructive solutions to the global drug threat,” says Yvonne Thunell, “We were honored to attend and discuss the impact mentoring can have on empowerment and prevention.”

The workshop was held the 23-24 November 2016.