World Drug Report 2009 to be launched in Washington on 24 June

The World Drug Report 2009, the flagship publication of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), will be launched in the Lisagor Room of the National Press Club in Washington DC on 24 June.

The Report, launched in the run up to World Drug Day on 26 th June, gives evidence of trends in world drug markets. A special chapter of the Report examines the impact of drug-related organized crime, and what to do about it.

The Report will be launched by UNODC Executive Director, Antonio Maria Costa, together with the newly appointed Director of the United States Office of National Drug Control Policy, Gil Kerlikowske.

The launch will be webcast

Journalists who are not able to attend the press conference, but would like to send questions can do so through using #wdr2009 or to

Advance copies of the report, under embargo, are available upon request. The Report will be available on the UNODC website,, on 26 June.

Copies of the Executive Summary are available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish.

One-on-one interviews are available with UNODC Executive Director Costa

For TV producers, a B-roll is available.

Still pictures are available for newspapers.

For more information on the World Drug Campaign 2009 see The goal of the campaign is to mobilize support and to inspire people to act against drug abuse and trafficking. The campaign encourages young people to put their health first and not to take drugs

For Information please contact:

Walter Kemp, Spokesman, UNODC (+43 699 1459 5629),

Marshall Hoffman, (+1 703) 533 3535, (+1 703) 801 8602