INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST DRUG ABUSE AND ILLICIT TRAFFICKING: JUNE 26, 2015

INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST DRUG ABUSE AND TRAFFICKING

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking falls on June 26 each year to raise awareness of the major problem that illicit drugs represent to society. This day is supported by individuals, communities and various organizations all over the world.

UN International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
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What do people do?

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has, over the years, been actively involved in launching campaigns to mobilize support for drug control. The UNODC often teams up with other organizations and encourages people in society to actively take part in these campaigns.

Governments, organizations and individuals in many countries, including Vietnam, Borneo and Thailand, have actively participated in promotional events and larger scale activities, such as public rallies and mass media involvement, to promote the awareness of dangers associated with illicit drugs.

Public life

The International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is a global observance and not a public holiday.

Background

According to the UNODC, nearly 200 million people are using illicit drugs such as cocaine, cannabis, hallucinogens, opiates and sedative hypnotics worldwide. In December 1987 the UN General Assembly decided to observe June 26 as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The UN was determined to help create 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.

Following the resolution, the years 1991 to 2000 were heralded as the “United Nations Decade Against Drug Abuse”. In 1998 the UN General Assembly adopted a political declaration to address the global drug problem. The declaration expresses UN members’ commitment to fighting the problem.

Symbols

The United Nations’ logo is often associated with marketing and promotional material for this event. It features a projection of a world map (less Antarctica) centered on the North Pole, enclosed by olive branches. The olive branches are a symbol for peace, and the world map represents all the people of the world. It has been featured in colors such as white against a blue background or gold against a light purple background.

2015 Theme: “Lets Develop — Our Lives — Our Communities — Our Identities — Without Drugs”

International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking Observances

 

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday type Where it is observed
Tue Jun 26 1990 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Wed Jun 26 1991 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Fri Jun 26 1992 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Sat Jun 26 1993 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Sun Jun 26 1994 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Mon Jun 26 1995 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Wed Jun 26 1996 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Thu Jun 26 1997 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Fri Jun 26 1998 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Sat Jun 26 1999 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Mon Jun 26 2000 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Tue Jun 26 2001 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Wed Jun 26 2002 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Thu Jun 26 2003 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Sat Jun 26 2004 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Sun Jun 26 2005 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Mon Jun 26 2006 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Tue Jun 26 2007 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Thu Jun 26 2008 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Fri Jun 26 2009 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Sat Jun 26 2010 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Sun Jun 26 2011 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Tue Jun 26 2012 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Wed Jun 26 2013 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Thu Jun 26 2014 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Fri Jun 26 2015 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Sun Jun 26 2016 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Mon Jun 26 2017 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Tue Jun 26 2018 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Wed Jun 26 2019 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Fri Jun 26 2020 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance

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