The World Drug Day, 26 June 2017

26 June is #WorldDrugDay!

The theme of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is “Listen First - Listening to children and youth is the first step to help them grow healthy and safe”. All of us can play a part in protecting youth from dangerous substances - lets #ListenFirst & support evidence-based prevention!

To observe and support the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, please visit the campaign page at www.unodc.org/ListenFirst. It provides materials for dufferent target audiences, as well as multi-media materials and materials for social media, that can be used to disseminate wider messages on the im[portance of evidence based prevention. We also would also like to invite you to support our Thunderclap Campaign for the international day: http://bit.ly/2rmAlIA

To draw attention to the World drug Day, the UN Secretary General calls attention to how last year, at the UN General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS), the international community took steps to mobilize a multifaceted, collective response to the full range of issues related to drug abuse and illicit trafficking. He states: "Governments came together to chart a new path forward that is more effective and humane, and leaves no one behind. UNGASS was a ground-breaking moment that provided a detailed and forward-looking blueprint for action. Together, we must honour the unanimous commitments made to reduce drug abuse, illicit trafficking and the harm that drugs cause, and to ensure that our approach promotes equality, human rights, sustainable development, and greater peace and security."

This year the World Drug Day reminds us of the importance of listening to the needs of children and youth, and also of listening to this international commitment and to the science on what is effective for addressing substance use and supporting the healthy and safe development of children and youth. It builds on an ongoing advocacy campaign 'Listen First', that aims to increase support for prevention of drug use that is based on science and is thus an effective investment in the well-being of children and youth, their families and their communities.