International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking will be observed on Friday, 26 June 2020. This day is celebrated to spread awareness against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking which are important issues of current times.
Meanings of International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
Drug Abuse Meanings
Drug abuse means the use or consumption of drugs like Marijuana, Alcohol, Cocaine, Valium, and Percocet, etc. Alcohol is the most abused drug in the world perhaps because its consumption is allowed by many countries. More than half (51.8%) of the US citizens are drinkers. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) claims that around 200 million around the world are drug addicts.
Illicit Trafficking Meanings
Illicit Trafficking refers to the smuggling or trafficking of small arms, explosives, and light weapons. Such arms are trafficked all over the world however some regions which are afflicted by violence, armed conflicts, and organized crime are more vulnerable to Illicit Trafficking of arms.
Theme of International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
“Health for Justice. Justice for Health”
Theme for this day was “Health for Justice. Justice for Health”. This theme is an open declaration by the UN leadership that health is our fundamental right and so is justice. This theme stressed upon the importance and interconnectedness of health and justice for each other. Additionally, they are connected to each other. It is the important responsibility of national and international leadership that we are provided with opportunities to good health and drug producers are put behind bars along with their aides.
International Day Against Drug Abuse is celebrated with a particular theme every year, however, Theme 2020 for International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking has not been declared by the United Nations to date.
Background and History
Almost every literate person is aware of the disadvantages of drugs these days, but the use of drugs is not getting low. Millions of people around the world are in depression due to drug abuse, but they are unable to quit consuming drugs. Recognizing its catastrophic consequences, the world community united at the Shanghai International Conference on Narcotics Drugs in 1909 aspired to curb the drug trade and drug abuse because it would bring large scale destruction for humankind. Then, the world got involved in the great wars and this important matter was put behind. Finally, the establishment of the United Nations Organization (UNO) brought good news in this context and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) established the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in 1946. CND had a purpose to help ECOSOC in observing if international drug control treaties are being applied. Finally, the UNGA adopted resolution 42/122 in 1987 and designated an international against drug abuse and illicit trafficking. Later on, the last decade of the 20th century was signaled as “United Nations Decade Against Drug Abuse”.
UN Resolution on the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
In its 43rd General Assembly session, the United Nations adopted the resolution 42/122 on 7 December 1987. The resolution declares the aspiration of the United Nations to start a global campaign against drug abuse and illicit trafficking. Additionally, the resolution reveals the designation of International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
Public Life on International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 2020
International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is an important observance against drug abuse however public life stays normal on the day as no government in the world announces holiday on 26 June except a few (governmental, non-governmental, and intergovernmental) organizations which arrange awareness seminars against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
i. “Drugs are a bet with the mind.” – (Jim Morrison)
ii. “There’s not a drug on Earth that can make life meaningful.” – (Sarah Kane)
iii. “Drugs are a waste of time. They destroy your memory and your self-respect and everything that goes along with your self-esteem.” – (Kurt Cobain)
iv. “The believing we do something when we do nothing is the first illusion of tobacco.” – (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
v. “Smoking is related to practically every terrible thing that can happen to you.” – (Loni Anderson)