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18 March 2002

Japanese NGO Donates $200,000 To UN Drug Control Efforts

VIENNA, 18 March (UN Information Service) ? Seven Japanese students presented a donation of 25,000,000 Japanese Yen (equivalent of $200,000) to the United Nations Drug Control Programme (UNDCP) at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) today.

The "Young Civic Ambassadors" - all students aged 16 or 17 - were selected for playing leading roles in the 2001 fund-raising drive of Tokyo's Drug Abuse Prevention Centre (DAPC). The DAPC organises annual youth drug-awareness campaigns, which include fund-raising events and street collections throughout Japan.

The DAPC contribution will go into a special fund to support the drug abuse prevention work of grassroots organizations in developing countries. This year's figure raises the Centre's total donations to the UNDCP to $3.5 million since 1994. This has already enabled UNDCP to make grants to more than 330 NGOs.

The young people took part in a special ceremony on Monday, where the Director for Operations and Analyses Division, Ms. Sumru Noyan, presented them with certificates of appreciation. During their visit, they were received at Parliament and visited an Austrian school.


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