INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST DRUG ABUSE AND ILLICIT TRAFFICKING: JUNE 26, 2016

International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit 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.

2016 Theme: “Listen First”

International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking Observances

 

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday Type
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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One response to “INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST DRUG ABUSE AND ILLICIT TRAFFICKING: JUNE 26, 2016

  1. ericrhetoricamubu

    Hey people do evil things with people that are on drugs. The drug trade is dangerous. See, it’s this simple, when you run that dime bag of weed and you smoke it up. Who’s fault is that you smoke up your product before you sell it. Don’t keep lying to your family members about dealing with drugs. Stop putting your family members in harm’s way because you smoke up your distributors product. Why do family members have to pay for your drug habit, because you don’t have common sense to payback the distributor for smoking up his or product?

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