UNODC marks World Drug Day (26 June) across the region

2010-06-24 00:00:00.0 - 2010-06-30 00:00:00.0


UNODC marks World Drug Day (26 June) across the region

New Delhi, India

24 June 2010

UNODC and UNIC are organizing a panel discussion among key stakeholders on the topic - drug use and prevention from 4 to 5: 30 pm at the United Nations Conference Room at 55 Lodhi Estate.  The panellists at this event are:

(i)              Dr. Girija Vyas, Chairperson, National Commission for Women, Government of India

(ii)              Dr. Prasada Rao, Special Advisor to Executive Director, UNAIDS

(iii)             Ms. Cristina Albertin, UNODC Representative for South Asia

(iv)             Mr. Gerry Pinto, Butterflies

(v)              Mr. Ajit Singh (the translator from Maqboolpura in Amritsar)

(vi)             Ms. Manveer kaur, woman affected by drug abuse;

(vii)             Dr. C.L. Muana, Medical Officer, SHALOM, Mizoram (for a Northeast perspective),

Government officials, UN agencies, donors, non governmental agencies, members of the YP foundation and the media community will be present.

25 June 2010

UNODC in collaboration with the Indian Harm Reduction Network is organising a health campaign for the street children to spread awareness on drug and HIV prevention at Meena Bazar, Park No 3, Jama Masjid, Old Delhi from 9 am to 5 pm.

Additionally at 5:30 pm as part of this health campaign, IHRN will host an awareness programme on drug and HIV prevention through a play, video documentaries, speeches by experts and people living with HIV and a musical concert.

26 June 2010

Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (MSJE), Government of India is organising an event at 2: 30 pm at the Malvankar Auditorium, Rafi Marg, Cannaught Place, New Delhi, India. At this event, MSJE will launch the module on 'Drug use prevention for out of school children' which is prepared jointly by MSJE and UNODC.

Mr. Kapil Sibal, Hon'ble Minister, Human Resource Development, will be the chief guest, Mr.  Wasnik, Hon'ble Minister, MSJE will preside over the function and Mr. D. Napoleon and Hon'ble Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment will be the chief guest of honour. UNODC will also be present at this event.

26 June to 26 July 2010

UNODC in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India and Indian Express (national newspaper daily) is organising an essay competition for school children, with the age group of 7 years to 12 years, in New Delhi, India. The topic of the essay is why the young should stay away from drugs. This initiative will officially begin on the 26 June reaching out in the one month to 15,000 children across 80 schools.

Dhaka, Bangladesh

26 June to 26 July 2010

The Department of Narcotics Control (DNC), Government of Bangladesh has organised a human chain rally on the morning of 26 June 2010.

The DNC will display information, education and communication materials on drug use prevention at various community centres.  Additionally, UNODC campaign materials for World Drug Day will be printed, displayed and disseminated.

Discussions among community leaders and beneficiaries on the theme of drug use prevention and health are organised.  This will followed by a documentary film show on drug use and HIV.

In collaboration with partner agencies, UNODC has organised an essay and art competition on drug abuse and prevention.

Bumthang, Bhutan

26 June 2010

The Queen Mother of Bhutan will inaugurate the new drop in centre for drug users supported by UNODC. Post this, the Queen Mother will also launch the '2009 National baseline assessment of drug and control substance use in Bhutan' that is jointly prepared by the Bhutan Narcotic Control Agency and UNODC. This report is the first ever national level assessment on drug use.

Male, Maldives

26 June 2010

9.00 am to 12:00

The Vice President H. E. Dr. Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik, Government of Maldives will inaugurate the World Drug Day campaign - "think health - not drugs" and will preside over the singing of the Pledge by all present at this event .

4.00pm to 6.00pm

A World Drug Day festival is organized at the Artificial Beach area to create mass awareness on drug prevention. Fifteen different stalls displaying material on drug use prevention will be put up by Government departments and non governmental agencies.

8.00pm to 10.00pm

A live music concert is organized at Raalhugandu Area to spread awareness and messages on drug use prevention especially targeting the youth that will gather.

27 June 2010

Students belonging to grade 6 and 7 from all the schools will sign the pledge. Each student who signs will be given a badge of remembrance.

28 June 2010

Reaching out to drug users and most at risk youths to spread awareness on drug use and prevention throughout Male', Hulhumale'and Villingili.

29 June 2010

An art competition for school children on the theme "think health - not drugs" is organized.

30 June 2010

8.00 am till night

The Youth Ministry, Government of Maldives has organized a game tournament for the youth to spread more awareness on drug use and prevention.

4.00 pm

The week long campaign will come to an official close. The drawings by school children who participated in the art completion will be displayed.

Colombo, Sri Lanka

24 June 2010

The National Dangerous Drugs Control Board (NDDCB), Government of Sri Lanka has organised a press conference to mobilize the public to attend the rally and concert against drugs, at 10:30 am at the Media Centre for National Security.

26 June 2010

NDDCB, Colombo Plan, SL FONGOADA along with UNODC project partners have organised a public rally and concert to spread awareness on drug use and prevention at 3: 30 pm at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium.

30 June 2010

NDDCB, Colombo Plan, SL FONGOADA along with UNODC project partners have organised an award ceremony event where outreach workers will be recognised for their contribution towards drug prevention at 2:30 pm at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute.