The International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is celebrated each year to strengthen global action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse. This global observance, aims to raise awareness of the major problem that illicit drugs represent to society.

"LISTEN FIRST - Listening to children and youth is the first step to help them grow healthy and safe" is a UNODC 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.