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International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

Quick Facts

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

Local names

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

International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 2014

Thursday, June 26, 2014

International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 2015

Friday, June 26, 2015
List of dates for other years

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
TueJun 261990International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit TraffickingUnited Nations observance 
WedJun 261991International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit TraffickingUnited Nations observance 
FriJun 261992International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit TraffickingUnited Nations observance 
SatJun 261993International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit TraffickingUnited Nations observance 
SunJun 261994International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit TraffickingUnited Nations observance 
MonJun 261995International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit TraffickingUnited Nations observance 
WedJun 261996International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit TraffickingUnited Nations observance 
ThuJun 261997International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit TraffickingUnited Nations observance 
FriJun 261998International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit TraffickingUnited Nations observance 
SatJun 261999International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit TraffickingUnited Nations observance 
MonJun 262000International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit TraffickingUnited Nations observance 
TueJun 262001International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit TraffickingUnited Nations observance 
WedJun 262002International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit TraffickingUnited Nations observance 
ThuJun 262003International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit TraffickingUnited Nations observance 
SatJun 262004International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit TraffickingUnited Nations observance 
SunJun 262005International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit TraffickingUnited Nations observance 
MonJun 262006International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit TraffickingUnited Nations observance 
TueJun 262007International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit TraffickingUnited Nations observance 
ThuJun 262008International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit TraffickingUnited Nations observance 
FriJun 262009International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit TraffickingUnited Nations observance 
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 
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