Kyrgyzstan marks World Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking with UNODC support

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Each year the whole world marks 26 June as International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

By resolution 42/112 of 7 December 1987, the General Assembly decided to observe 26 June as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking as an expression of its determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse.

In 2017, UNODC in Kyrgyzstan conducts anti-drug information campaign under the slogan “Listen First”.

'Listen First' 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.

Listening with understanding and empathy, we will be able to have a positive impact on children and their risky behavior.

"UNODC assists the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic and citizens in reducing the threats caused by illicit drug trafficking, transnational organized crime and terrorism. We work with our partners in various fields, including combating organized crime, trafficking in human beings and corruption, as well as promoting reform of the criminal justice system and preventing non-medical drug use”, said Alexander Fedulov, head of the UN Programme office on drugs and crime in Kyrgyzstan.

Building on the success of last year, the theme for 2017 is: "Listen First - Listening to children and youth is the first step to help them grow healthy and safe." It 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.

The UN General Assembly held a Special Session (UNGASS) on drugs in April 2016. This Special 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", which defined action to be taken by Member States as well as goals to be achieved by 2019.

The outcome document recommends measures to address demand and supply reduction, and to improve access to controlled medicines while preventing diversion. The recommendations 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.

#ListenFirst to children and youth is the first step to help them grow healthy & safe!

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PSA can be viewed, following the link: http://www.unodc.org/listenfirst/ru/index.html

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Communication Officer, UNODC ROCA

Tel.: +996 775 98 78 17, email: vasilina.brazhko@unodc.org