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International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking - June 26, 2012

"Unless we reduce demand for illicit drugs, we can never fully tackle cultivation, production or trafficking. Governments have a responsibility to counteract both drug trafficking and drug abuse, but communities can also make a major contribution. Families, schools, civil society and religious organizations can do their part to rid their communities of drugs. Businesses can help provide legitimate livelihoods. The media can raise awareness about the dangers of narcotics."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Message for the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
26 June 2011

June 26 is the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1987, this day serves as a reminder of the goals agreed to by Member States of creating an international society free of drug abuse. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) selects themes for the International Day and launches campaigns to raise awareness about the global drug problem. Health is the ongoing theme of the world drug campaign. We invite everyone to mark 26 June! It is a unique occasion to take a stand against a problem that affects us all. We count on your support to make this pro-health campaign a success.


The International Task Force on Startegic Drug Policy Conferences


The International Task Force on Strategic Drug Policy (ITFSDP) has met annually since 2001, and some meetings have been coordinated in conjunction with larger conferences that may share similar themes but are open to invited guests in the fields of prevention, treatment, law enforcement and interdiction, civic leadership, community leaders, academic, social service and parent groups. Numerous collaborations have resulted from these meetings, along with a greatly expanded global network of drug prevention activists. Task Force events (including larger conferences) have been held in the following cities:


St. Petersburg, Florida, United States, April 26-29, 2001 - 75 people in attendance for the Task Force meeting

Vancouver, Canada, May 4, 2002 - 120 people in attendance for the conference and 75 people in attendance for the Task Force meeting

Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 25-27, 2003 - 110 people in attendance for the conference and 60 people in attendance for the Task Force meeting

Tampa, FL, United States, June 24-25, 2004 - 60 people in attendance for the Task Force meeting

EU Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, February 27-28, 2005 - 130 people in attendance for the conference and 75 people in attendance for the Task Force meeting

London, England, August 8-9, 2006 - 120 people in attendance for the conference and 75 people in attendance for the Task Force meeting

St. Petersburg, Florida, United States, January 24-25, 2007 - 60 people in attendance

Guayaquil, Ecuador, June 12-13, 2008 - 155 people in attendance for the conference and 75 people in attendance for the Task Force meeting

In summary, Task Force events, including meetings convening the membership of the Task Force and conferences directly linked to these meetings, have been conducted in seven cities around the world over the last nine years. These international events have reached nearly 1,200 people who are among the elite in the field of drug demand reduction, and these events have resulted in substantial international collaboration, information exchange and media exposure.

The Task Force has authored and adopted several key policy documents including a policy paper entitled A New Approach to Reduce Drug Demand – Rooted in Hope, Growing with Success” , a white paper entitled “Statement On So-Called `Harm Reduction´ Policies,” a “Resolution Concerning Drug Abuse and Human Rights,” “The Guayaquil Resolution 2008” and other initiatives of individual members.

The Task Force also supported the Project SUNDIAL (Supporting United Nations Drug Initiatives And Legislation) Petition efforts to surpass the project goal of 1 million by over 4 million additional signatures for a total of more than 5 million signatures and has garnered tremendous media attention throughout the United States, Latin America and Europe.

The Task Force also strongly endorses a paper written by Stephan Dahlgren and Roxana Stere, about the Right of Children to be Protected from Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances which was presented at the World Forum Against Drugs in May 2010. This enlightening paper clearly outlines the damage that drug use causes to the world’s children and how it is truly a violation of their rites to expose them to these harmful substances. The paper is also available in Spanish and Portuguese.

The Task Force also strongly endorses the work of Dr. Manuel Pinto Coelho, President of the Association for a Drug Free Portugal, in his work analyzing current drug policies in Portugal. Please read the paper that he presented at the World Forum Against Drugs in May 2010 here.


Workshops Supported by the International Task Force on Strategic Drug Policy


Forjando Liderazgo: Hacia Una Efectiva Reducción de La Demanda de Drogas presented by CEDRO, Drug Free America Foundation, Drug Prevention Network of the Americas/Red Interamericana de Prevención de Drogas, Brazilian Humanitarians in Action, with support from the International Task Force on Strategic Drug Policy.
Lima, Peru, April 20-22, 2009 – 105 people in attendance from the region

Forjando Liderazgo Para La Reducción de La Demanda de Drogas Segunda Conferencia Regional presented by IAFA, Universidad Laica Eloy Alfaro de Manabí, Drug Free America Foundation, Drug Prevention Network of the Americas/Red Interamericana de Prevención de Drogas, Brazilian Humanitarians in Action and Centros de Integración Juvenil, with support from the International Task Force on Strategic Drug Policy.
San Jose, Costa Rica, August 24-25, 2009 – 60 people in attendance from the region

Forjando Liderazgo Hacia Comunidades Sin Drogas Conferencia Regional presented by CHIPRED, Drug Free America Foundation, Drug Prevention Network of the Americas/Red Interamericana de Prevención de Drogas, Brazilian Humanitarians in Action and CEDRO, with support from the International Task Force on Strategic Drug Policy.
Santiago, Chile, December 14-15, 2009 – 75 people in attendance from the region

Desenvolver Lideranças: Aplicação das Melhores Práticas em Redução da Demanda de Drogas Psicoativas
presented by Instituição Padre Haroldo, Drug Free America Foundation, Drug Prevention Network of the Americas/Red Interamericana de Prevención de Drogas, Federação das Entidades Assistenciais de Campinas (FEAC), Federação Internacional de Amor Exigente, Pastoral de Sobriedade, Federação de Comunidades Terapêuticas Evangélicas do Brasil (FETEB), Instituto Girasol de Brasil, Brasileiros Humanitários em Ação (BRAHA), JACS-Brasil, Cruz Azul, Federação Brasileira de Comunidades Terapêuticas (FETEB), International Scientific and Medical Forum on Drug Abuse, Institute on Global Drug Policy, with support from the International Task Force on Strategic Drug Policy.
Campinas, Brazil, May 9-10, 2011 – 340 people in attendance from the region

FORGING LEADERSHIP: Applying Best Practices in Drug Demand Reduction presented by Drug Free America Foundation, Brasileiros Humanitários em Ação (BRAHA), CELIN Bolivia, Centro de Información y Educación para la Prevención del Abuso de Drogas (CEDRO), Centros de Integración Juvenil, A.C., Children’s Home Society of Florida, CHIPRED (Red Chilena de Prevención de Drogas), Drug Free Collier, Drug Prevention Network of the Americas (DPNA)/Red Interamericana para la Prevención de las Drogas (RIPRED), Drug Prevention Network of Canada, Informed Families/The Florida Family Partnership, Instituição Padre Haroldo, The Miami Coalition for a Safe and Drug Free Community, Inc., RISE Life Management Services, SURGIR, Corporación Colombiana para la Prevención del Alcoholismo y la Farmacodependencia, Urban League of Greater Miami, Inc., International Scientific and Medical Forum on Drug Abuse, Institute on Global Drug Policy, with support from the International Task Force on Strategic Drug Policy.

Miami, FL, USA, April 2-3, 2012 – 100 people in attendance from the region