The UN has designated 26 June as a day when the whole world should be made aware of the issue of illicit drugs and how to curb drug menace. 'On this International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, I call on governments, the media and civil society to do everything possible to raise awareness of the harm caused by illicit drugs and to help prevent people profiting from their use,' said the UN chief in his message on the occasion of the observance this year.
Theme for the observance of the day this year was "Make health your 'new high' in life, not drugs". The day is being observed since 1987 with an aim to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse.
According to the UN, the observance has stimulated a global reflection on the effectiveness, and the limitations of drug policies by various countries. This has resulted in the reaffirmation that illicit drugs continue to pose a health danger to humanity and establishment of the world drug control system.
UN further states that despite continued and increased efforts by the international community, the world drug problem continues to constitute a serious threat to public health, the safety and well-being of humanity, in particular young people, and the national security and sovereignty of States, and that it undermines socio-economic and political stability and sustainable development.
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has resolved to continue the work on international drug control and urged all governments to provide the fullest possible financial and political support to enable it to continue, expand and strengthen its operational and technical cooperation activities, within its mandates.