26 June: International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
The 2017 International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking was observed on 26 June 2017. The day was observed with the theme Listen First - Listening to children and youth is the first step to help them grow healthy and safe.
The theme for the year is an initiative to increase support for prevention of drug use that is based on science and is thus an effective investment in the well-being of children and youth, their families and their communities.
United Nations resolution
On 7 December 1987, the United Nations general Assembly (UNGA) via resolution 42/112 decided to observe 26 June as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
It was decided to observe the day as an expression of its determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse.
This resolution recommended further action with regard to the report and conclusions of the 1987 International Conference on Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on drugs
In April 2016, the United Nations held a Special Session (UNGASS) on drugs. This session marked an important milestone in achieving the goals set in the policy document of 2009 Political Declaration and Plan of Action on International Cooperation towards an Integrated and Balanced Strategy to Counter the World Drug Problem.
The plan defined action to be taken by Member States as well as goals to be achieved by 2019.
Recommendations of the outcome documents were:
• Measures to address demand and supply reduction and to improve access to controlled medicines while preventing diversion.
• It also cover the areas of human rights, youth, children, women and communities; emerging challenges, including new psychoactive substances; strengthening international cooperation; and alternative development.
• The text puts new emphasis on proportionate national sentencing policies and practices for drug-related offences, and features a strong focus on prevention and treatment.
When: 26 June 2017
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