The sixth Planet Youth Conference has come to an end and we are really grateful to all the people who traveled the world to be with us. Guests from 32 countries in the world united in Reykjavik these first days of March to get an in-depth knowledge of the Planet Youth methodology and to learn from our partners around the world. As a symbolic gesture, the sun was shining on Conference guests which we always welcome here in Reykjavik Iceland during these coldest months of the year. Twenty-seven talented speakers shared their knowledge on the Conference and the contribution of our partners was especially well received. Only through cooperation, we will achieve our goal to reduce substance use among youth.
The Planet Youth Conference took place at the Grand Hotel Reykjavik. The hotel is a four star superior hotel for business travelers, conference guests and tourists.
At the Grand Hotel Reykjavík there are over 300 rooms and 11 meeting and conference halls in all shapes and sizes.
The Icelandic model is an evidence-based prevention method developed for the last 20 years in Iceland and represented by The Icelandic Center for Social Research & Analysis (ICSRA). The method is composed of four steps extending from research to action on a local level and has been applied in the majority of municipalities in Iceland since 1998. The result has been noticeable, showing a steady decrease in the use of substances amongst Icelandic adolescents, currently measuring amongst the lowest in Europe. Substance use amongst Icelandic adolescents was the highest in Europe in 1998. This year, Iceland ranks amongst the lowest.