Every year, International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is observed on June 26 around the world. The United Nations International Day is dedicated to raising awareness against drug abuse and the illegal drug trade. The day is observed annually on June 26, since 1989. As per records, the date June 26 is to commemorate Lin Zexu's dismantling of the opium trade in Humen, Guangdong, ending on June 25, 1839, just before the First Opium War in China. International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking was instituted by General Assembly Resolution 42/112 of 7 December 1987. In this article, let’s know more about the history and significance of the day.

International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking Date

International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is observed annually on June 26.

International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 2024 Theme

The theme for International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 2024 is "The evidence is clear: invest in prevention."

International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking History

International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking was established by resolution 42/112 of December 7, 1987. The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) decided to observe June 26 as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking as an expression of its determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse. The event is supported each year by individuals, communities, and various organizations all over the world, this global observance aims to raise awareness of the major problem that illicit drugs pose to society.

International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking Significance

International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking emphasises the need for international cooperation in addressing the drug problem. The day aims to strengthen action and cooperation in achieving a world free of drug abuse. This year’s World Drug Day campaign recognizes that effective drug policies must be rooted in science, research, full respect for human rights, compassion, and a deep understanding of the social, economic, and health implications of drug use.

On this day, awareness campaigns, educational programs, and community outreach activities are organised globally to inform people about the dangers of drug abuse and the social, economic, and health-related consequences of illicit trafficking.

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