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International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking falls on June 26 each year to raise awareness of the major problem that illicit drugs represent to society. This day is supported by individuals, communities and various organizations all over the world.

UN International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
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What Do People Do?

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has, over the years, been actively involved in launching campaigns to mobilize support for drug control. The UNODC often teams up with other organizations and encourages people in society to actively take part in these campaigns.

Governments, organizations and individuals in many countries, including Vietnam, Borneo and Thailand, have actively participated in promotional events and larger scale activities, such as public rallies and mass media involvement, to promote the awareness of dangers associated with illicit drugs.

Public Life

The International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is a global observance and not a public holiday.

Background

According to the UNODC, nearly 200 million people are using illicit drugs such as cocaine, cannabis, hallucinogens, opiates and sedative hypnotics worldwide. In December 1987 the UN General Assembly decided to observe June 26 as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The UN was determined to help create an international society free of drug abuse. This resolution recommended further action with regard to the report and conclusions of the 1987 International Conference on Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

Following the resolution, the years 1991 to 2000 were heralded as the “United Nations Decade Against Drug Abuse”. In 1998 the UN General Assembly adopted a political declaration to address the global drug problem. The declaration expresses UN members’ commitment to fighting the problem.

Symbols

The United Nations’ logo is often associated with marketing and promotional material for this event. It features a projection of a world map (less Antarctica) centered on the North Pole, enclosed by olive branches. The olive branches are a symbol for peace, and the world map represents all the people of the world. It has been featured in colors such as white against a blue background or gold against a light purple background.

International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday TypeWhere It is Observed
SatJun 262010International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit TraffickingUnited Nations observance 
SunJun 262011International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit TraffickingUnited Nations observance 
TueJun 262012International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit TraffickingUnited Nations observance 
WedJun 262013International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit TraffickingUnited Nations observance 
ThuJun 262014International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit TraffickingUnited Nations observance 
FriJun 262015International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit TraffickingUnited Nations observance 
SunJun 262016International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit TraffickingUnited Nations observance 
MonJun 262017International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit TraffickingUnited Nations observance 
TueJun 262018International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit TraffickingUnited Nations observance 
WedJun 262019International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit TraffickingUnited Nations observance 
FriJun 262020International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit TraffickingUnited Nations observance 

Quick Facts

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking raise awareness about the dangers of illicit drugs.

International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 2016

Sunday, June 26, 2016

International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 2017

Monday, June 26, 2017

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit TraffickingEnglish
Día Internacional de la Lucha contra el Uso Indebido y el Tráfico Ilícito de DrogasSpanish
היום הבינלאומי נגד שימוש בסמים וסחר בלתי חוקיHebrew
اليوم الدولي لمكافحة إساءة استعمال المخدرات والاتجار غير المشروع بهاArabic
약물 남용 및 불법 인신 매매에 대한 국제 날Korean
WeltdrogentagGerman

List of dates for other years

United Nation Holiday on June 26, 2016

Fun Holiday on June 26, 2016

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