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  • UNODC Chief: UNGASS momentum can drive progress in addressing world drug problem

    UNGASS 2016At the conclusion of the UN General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS), UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov, urged the international community to seize the opportunity provided by the meeting to address shared challenges. He also pledged UNODC's support for putting the session's recommendations into practice.

  • Mekong countries promote regional drug strategy at UN General Assembly

    High level briefing on the margins of the UNGASS 2016 on the current drug situation in the Mekong region. Photo: UNODC At a high-level briefing on the margins of the UN General Assembly Special Session on the world drug problem (UNGASS), Mekong countries and UNODC informed the international community on the current drug situation in the region. At their briefing in New York on Tuesday, they also gave an overview of the relevance of the Mekong Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Drug Control.

  • New campaign on science-based drug prevention launched at UN General Assembly Special Session

    UNODC launches #ListenFirst campaign on drug prevention among youth. Photo: UNODC Under the slogan 'Listen First' a new campaign on science-based drug prevention has been launched to raise awareness around listening to children and youth as the first step to help them grow healthy and safe. The campaign targets parents, teachers, policy makers, health worker and prevention workers particularly, as well as the wider public.

  • Global drug policies must put people first, says UNODC chief at General Assembly special session on world drug problem

    UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov at the Opening of the UNGASS 2016UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov, underscored the need for balanced approaches to drug challenges at the opening of the UN General Assembly Special Session on the world drug problem (UNGASS) in New York. Mr. Fedotov welcomed Member States's adoption, at the opening of the plenary, of an outcome document for the session, entitled "Our joint commitment to effectively addressing and countering the world drug problem".

  • NGOs vital partner in work on the ground to address drug challenges: UNODC chief

    UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov, speaks at the high-level opening of the Civil Society Forum one day ahead of the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS 2016). Photo: UN PhotoUNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov, highlighted the role of civil society in promoting balanced, integrated and evidence-based approaches to illicit drugs during the high-level opening of the Civil Society Forum ahead of the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS 2016). In his speech, Mr. Fedotov called civil society "a vital partner in all our efforts".

  • UNODC Chief: International Drug Policy Is Not An End, It Is The Means To Put People First

    UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov. Photo: UNODC"Recently, I sat in a packed Vienna auditorium in the early hours of the morning as countries raced against the clock to reach agreement on an outcome document on drug policy. Given the different histories, cultures and traditions of countries, reaching agreement on such documents was never an easy proposition. But the UN has always striven to build accord and amity"