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International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking observed across the world
The UN proclaimed observance, the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, was celebrated across the world on June 26 with the theme "Listen First - Listening to children and youth is the first step to help them grow healthy and safe" to focus on the prevention and treatment of drug abuse.

"Despite the risks and challenges inherent in tackling this global problem, I hope and believe we are on the right path, and that together we can implement a coordinated, balanced and comprehensive approach that leads to sustainable solutions," said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on the occasion of the observance.

He added, "I know from personal experience how an approach based on prevention and treatment can yield positive results."

The UN urged the world community for effective investment in the well-being of children and youth, their families and their communities.

According to the UN, illicit drugs continue to pose a health danger to humanity and there is a need for unequivocal support for the UN Conventions that have established the world drug control system since drug abuse can even pose threat to the national security and sovereignty of States, and that it undermines socio-economic and political stability and sustainable development.

Furthermore, some rough estimates project the value of the illegal drug trade at several hundred billion dollars a year. Therefore, the world drug problem continues to constitute a serious threat to public health, the safety and well-being of humanity, in particular young people, warns the UN.

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