UNODC to launch World Drug Report 2011

Photo: UNODC21 June 2011 - The state of the world drug market will be unveiled in the 2011 World Drug Report to be released by UNODC on Thursday 23 June 2011. Being launched simultaneously in London and New York this annual report highlights developments across the global drug market to explain the factors that drive the world's consumption, production and trafficking of illicit drugs. Members of the press are invited to attend briefings in these two locations where the latest findings on emerging and established drugs threats will be presented.

The New York launch will be attended by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov, General Assembly President Joseph Deiss, Russian Federal Narcotics Service Director Viktor Ivanov and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske. The launch at the UN headquarters can be watched online from 10h00 New York time through UN Webcast by going to www.unmultimedia.org/tv/webcast. The UN's Noon Briefing will follow on the Webcast starting at 12h00 New York time.

UNODC is a global leader in the multilateral effort against illicit drugs and international crime. The World Drug Report provides an annual analysis of global trends in the four main drug markets: opium/heroin, coca/cocaine, cannabis, and amphetamine-type stimulants.

The Report is embargoed until 10h00 New York / 15h00 London / 16h00 Vienna on 23 June 2011.

For further information please contact:

In Vienna:

Alun Jones, Chief of Communications and Advocacy: UNODC

T: (+43 1) 26060 5726 | M: (+43-699) 1459-5726 | E: alun.jones[at]unodc.org

In New York:

Simone Monasebian, Representative and Chief of the New York Office: UNODC

T: (+1-212) 963-5631 | M: (+1-917) 294-5762 | E: monasebian[at]un.org

In London:

Karen Davies, Desk Officer - UK and Ireland: UN Regional Information Centre for Western Europe

T: (+32-2) 788-8473 | M: (+32-473) 26-22-55 | E: davies[at]unric.org

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