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by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, posted 26 06 2020

A special commemorative event of the sixty-third session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, devoted to the United Nations International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, will be held virtually on Friday, 26 June 2020, starting at 2:00 p.m., Vienna Time (CEST). On this occasion, the World Drug Report 2020 will be launched, followed by a discussion on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the world drug situation, from a regional perspective, co-sponsored by the EU and UNODC.

INVITATION

A special commemorative event of the sixty-third session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, devoted to the United Nations International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, will be held virtually on Friday, 26 June 2020, starting at 2:00 p.m., Vienna Time (CEST). On this occasion, the World Drug Report 2020 will be launched, followed by a discussion on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the world drug situation, from a regional perspective, co-sponsored by the EU and UNODC. 

WEBCAST

The Special Event will take place as a virtual event. 

Watch the Live Event here on 26 June at 2 p.m. Vienna Time (CEST).  

Follow @CND_tweets on Twitter for updates. 

Download the programme here.  

LAUNCH OF THE WORLD DRUG REPORT 2020

Presented in six separate booklets, the World Drug Report 2020 provides a wealth of information and analysis to support the international community in implementing operational recommendations on a number of drug policies issues, including the recommendations contained in the outcome document of the special session of the 2016 General Assembly on the world drug problem, held in 2016.

Speakers Include

  • H.E. Ambassador Mansoor Ahmad Khan, Chair of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations in Vienna
  • Ms. Ghada Waly, Executive Director of UNODC
  • Ms. Angela Me, Chief of Research and Trend Analysis Branch, UNODC

DISCUSSION ON THE IMPACT OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC ON THE WORLD DRUG SITUATION - A REGIONAL RESPECTIVE (CO-SPONSORED BY THE EU AND UNODC)

The launch of the 2020 World Drug Report will be followed by a discussion dedicated to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the world drug situation. Co-sponsored by the European Union and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, this discussion will focus in particular on the regional perspectives of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the drug situation.

Speakers Include

  • H.E. Ambassador Mansoor Ahmad Khan, Chair of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations in Vienna
  • Ms. Ghada Waly, Executive Director of UNODC
  • Mr. Olivier Onidi, Deputy Director-General, EU DG HOME
  • Ms. Angela Me, Chief of Research and Trend Analysis Branch, UNODC
  • Ms. Catherine De Bolle, Executive Director, Europol
  • H.E. Ms. Amira Elfadil, Commissioner for Social Affairs, African Union Commission
  • H.E. Ambassador Adam Namm, Executive Secretary, Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD), Organization of American States (OAS)
  • Mr. Niyom Termsrisuk, Secretary General of the Office of Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) of Thailand, Mekong Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Drug Control
  • Mr. Jamie Bridge, Chair, Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs (VNGOC)
  • Mr. Alexis Goosdeel, Director, European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction 

SEVENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SIGNING OF THE UN CHARTER

26 June 2020 marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter. To commemorate this important anniversary, the Executive Director of UNODC will open the CND Special Event with remarks in her capacity as Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna, and H.E. Mr. Alexander Schallenberg, Austrian Federal Minister for European and International Affairs will speak for the Host Country. 

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