UNODC chief to address Istanbul news conference on support for global efforts against legalizing cannabis

VIENNA, 8 May (UNODC) - The Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Antonio Maria Costa, will address a news conference in Istanbul on Thursday,10 May with United States drug czar John Walters on support for global efforts against legalizing cannabis.

The press conference will take place during the 14 th Mayors' Conference hosted by European Cities Against Drugs (ECAD).

The event will take place at Hotel Ceylan Intercontinental Istanbul, Marmara Hall, Asker Ocagi Cad 1, 3445 Taksim, on Thursday 10 May at 11:30 a.m.  Also taking part will be the Mayor of Istanbul, Kadir Topbas, and ECAD Director, Tomas Hallberg.

ECAD is the leading organization for promoting a drug-free Europe. Representing mayors in 250 municipalities located in 27 countries, ECAD works to eliminate the production, trafficking and abuse of illegal drugs in Europe, based on the United Nations' drug conventions.