Vienna (Austria), 16 July 2021 - The annual World Drug Report, one of UNODC’s flagship publications, plays a key role in providing member states and civil society with up-to-date scientific data and analysis of the Word Drug Situation. This enables civil society organisations around the globe, to base their important work in the field of drug demand reduction on evidence-based data.
13th and 15th, 2021, The UNODC Civil Society Unit (CSU) together with the Vienna NGO Committee
on Drugs (VNGOC) hosted two webinars for civil society presenting this year’s World Drug Report findings. The first webinar provided a spotlight on the
latest trends in Asia/Pacific and Europe, the second focused on the data available for Africa and the Americas, both with simultaneous translation to Russian,
Spanish and French.
Mirella Dummar Frahi from the UNODC CSU and Jamie Bridge from the VNGOC opened both webinars that gathered more than 300 participants.
Chloe Carpentier, UNODC Chief of Drugs Research Section, gave a global summary of the World Drug Report 2021. The regional focus was provided by Thomas Pietschmann, UNODC Drug Researcher. Among other, they stressed the rapid adaptation of the drug market to the pandemic situation and gave insights on the World Drug Situation qualifying it as a global problem composed of regional dynamics.
The regional civil society perspectives were provided, in the first webinar, by Dr. Hakimullah Salih, from Afghanistan Green Crescent Organisation and Smriti Rama, member of Pallium India. Dr. Salih provided valuable insights on the importance of recent data to allocate scarce resources and help ensure a comprehensive approach to combatting addictions. Ms. Rama, addressed the issue of availability and affordability of essential medicines in low and low-middle income countries.
During the second webinar, Dr. Mohammad A. Audi Kongila, from Green Crescent Health Development Initiative Nigeria and Mariana Souto Zabaleta, from the Instituto Latinamericano en Seguridad y Democracia Argentina provided the civil society perspectives. Dr. Audi focused on the fight against drugs in Nigeria, a country especially affected by the consumption and trafficking of drugs. Mariana Zabaleta recalled the importance of developing new indicators in order to better evaluate the outcomes and impact of drug control policies.
The 2021 World Drug Report provides a global overview of the supply and demand of opiates, cocaine, cannabis, amphetamine-type stimulants and new psychoactive substances (NPS), as well as their impact on health, taking into account the possible effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Recording 13th July 2021 – Asia & Europe
Recording 15th July 2021 – Africa & the Americas