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World Drug Day in Viet Nam

Hanoi (Viet Nam), 2 July 2012
- On 26 June, 4,000 people took part in a parade in Ninh Binh province to commemorate the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Participants included members of the Police, Border Army, the Farmer's Association, veterans, students and civilians. The parade was organize by local authorities in collaboration with the National Committee on AIDS, Drugs and Prostitution Control of Viet Nam.

In speech to mark the occasion, H.E. Dang Van Hieu, Deputy Minister of Public Security, highlighted the positive results of drug control over the past year. Emphasizing the importance of local and central agencies to coordinate and cooperate more closely to better combat drug trafficking and abuse, H.E. Dang also reiterated the Government of Viet Nam's strong commitment to drug prevention and suppression.

Following speeches by representatives of the Ministry of Public Security, UNODC, the Farmer's Association and by the Chairman of the People's Committee of Ninh Binh province, attendees paraded to show their determination to prevent and suppress illicit drug use.

Other World Drug Day activities organized by the Government of Viet Nam to celebrate the 'national month against illicit drugs' included a Youth against Drugs cultural exchange, sports competition and camping festival co-organized in Hoa Binh province; a meeting and parade co-organized by Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism and People's Committee in Thai Nguyen province; activities involving thousands of students and pupils co-organized by the Ministry of Education and Training, Anti-drugs Steering Committees in central provinces and VINH University in Vinh City, Nghe An province; and a meeting and parade In Bac Lieu province co-organized by the Front Fatherland and People's Committee.

In addition, a meeting was held in Lao Cai province to review the five-year implementation of the "Scheme to reinforce the movement against drug trafficking along borderlines 2007-2012 in north-western provinces."