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United Nations General Assembly to hold thematic debate on drugs, crime and development

22 June 2012 -The United Nations General Assembly will hold a thematic debate on drugs and crime as a threat to development on Tuesday 26 June in New York.

The event, convened on the UN International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, highlights the impact of drugs and crime on poverty alleviation and the Millennium Development Goals, and discusses ways of improving the international community's coordinated efforts to address the adverse impact of drugs and crime on development. Two panel discussions will focus on challenges in mainstreaming drug control and crime prevention into development initiatives.

At the forum, UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov will launch the 2012 World Drug Report.

The thematic debate will be chaired by the President of the 66th General Assembly, HE Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser and attended by, among others, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other leading international actors engaged in drug and crime prevention efforts.

The webcast of the event will be streamed on Tuesday 26 June from 10 am - 1pm (first session) and from 3pm - 6pm (second session) EST (New York time) through

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