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Secretary General’s Message on International Day Against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficking 2015

WDD15_logo_ENIn September, leaders from around the world will meet at the United Nations to adopt an ambitious new sustainable development agenda to eradicate extreme poverty and provide a life of dignity for all. This ambition, while achievable, must address various obstacles, including the deadly harm to communities and individuals caused by drug trafficking and drug abuse.

Our shared response to this challenge is founded on the international drug control conventions.  In full compliance with human rights standards and norms, the United Nations advocates a careful re-balancing of the international policy on controlled drugs. We must consider alternatives to criminalization and incarceration of people who use drugs and focus criminal justice efforts on those involved in supply.  We should increase the focus on public health, prevention, treatment and care, as well as on economic, social and cultural strategies. Continue reading

International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

DSC04997The 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.

UNIC Windhoek followed suite and hosted an event at the Immanuel Shifidi Secondary school in Katutura involving the participation of the eleventh and twelfth grade learners.

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has, over the years, been actively involved in launching campaigns to mobilize support for drug control. UNODC Namibia teamed up with UNIC Windhoek and other organizations such as Blue Cross Namibia, the Namibian Police and Circle of Friends to encourage people in society to actively take part in these campaigns and to bring substance and meaning to the day.

UNIC team highlighted that 27 years ago the day was recognized as a reminder of the goals set by the UN member states, to create an international society free of drugs.

International drug day has particular significance in Namibia because it is has been recognized that alcohol and drug abuse is one of Namibia’s biggest development difficulties and has been playing a part in domestic violence, poverty and HIV/AIDS, especially among the young schooling in urban and rural. Continue reading