UNODC participates in the 32nd National Awareness and Mobilization Week in Senegal

The world drug problem is one of the most challenging issues the States are facing. It has wide-ranging impacts on the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities, as well as on the security and sustainable development of nations. Therefore, preventing and addressing drug challenges in all their complexity is essential to delivering on a fundamental global pledge, enshrined in the Sustainable Development Goals: to leave no one behind. 

Over the past three decades, the Senegalese national authorities have organised, on the occasion of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, a National Drug Awareness and Mobilization Week. As 26 June is a major date in the UNODC calendar, the Regional Office for West and Central Africa has joined forces with the national authorities to help organize the various events scheduled for Senegal throughout the week.

During this week, the Inter-ministerial Committee Against Drugs (CILD), carried out various awareness-raising activities targeting a large part of the population, particularly young people. The theme adopted by Senegal this year was "The Prevention of Drug use in Schools", which was in a perfect harmony with the one adopted by UNODC for the year 2019; "Health for Justice, Justice for Health". As the theme chosen by Senegal was devoted to "the prevention of drug use in schools", it was perfectly in line with that defined by UNODC for the year 2019: "Health for justice / Justice for health". 

As the theme chosen by Senegal was devoted to "the prevention of drug use in schools", it was perfectly in line with that defined by UNODC for the year 2019: "Health for justice / Justice for health".

Indeed, through this slogan, the UNODC message aimed to strengthen connection and communication in families, schools and communities can increase youth resilience and support rehabilitation and reintegration, thereby also helping to prevent crime and violence. To achieve this, institutions of justice and health need to work closely together to provide access to treatment for drug use disorders to those who need it.

4tons of seized drugs is being creamated

In this context, more than 4 tones of seized drugs (cannabis, cocaine, heroin, etc.) were incinerated on June 24 th, in the presence of M. Ibrahima Sakho, Secretary General of the Minister of the Interior. On June 25 th, the Minister of the Interior, M. Aly Ngouille Ndiaye presided over the launching ceremony of the National Drug Awareness and Mobilization Week in Senegal.

Speaking on behalf of the UNODC Regional Representative, M. Cheikh Toure, Coordinator of the Projet supporting to ECOWAS Regional Action Plan on illicit drug trafficking, organized crime related to it and drug abuse in West Africa , welcomed, during the opening ceremony, " the important efforts of the State of Senegal in the field of drug control, including the allocation of resources for the implementation of the National Strategic Plan to Combat Drugs".

World Drug Day is also the occasion for UNODC to launch its annual Drug Report, a research tool that monitors global trends and the latest developments regarding drug trafficking.

According to this report, in 2017, an estimated 271 million people, or 5.5 percent of the global population aged 15-64, had used drugs in the previous year, while 35 million people are estimated to be suffering from drug use disorders. " The findings of this year's World Drug Report fill in and further complicate the global picture of drug challenges, underscoring the need for broader international cooperation to advance balanced and integrated health and criminal justice responses to supply and demand." said Yury Fedotov, UNODC Executive Director.

For more information:

Press Release- Yury Fedotov:Statement on the International Day Against Drug and Illicit Trafficking

World Drug Report 2019