In 1998, the General Assembly mandated the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to publish “comprehensive and balanced information about the world drug problem” in recognition of the importance of factual and objective information in international drug control.
A year later, in 1999, UNODC released the inaugural publication of “Global Illicit Drug Trends”, providing comprehensive facts and figures on the situation with respect to the supply and demand for illicit drugs. Based on data and estimates collected or prepared by Governments, UNODC and other international institutions, UNODC attempts to identify trends in the evolution of global illicit drug markets.
In 2004, UNODC merged the former Global Illicit Drug Trends publication and the World Drug Report. Over the past 5 years the World Drug Report has been recognised as one of the most complete pictures of the international drug problem available and a global tool in monitoring the collective fight against illicit drugs.
The 2009 World Drug Report will be launched on Wednesday 15 July 2009 at 10h45 for 11h15 at UNISA’s Dr. Miriam Makeba Concert Hall, and will include a UNODC presentation on “The 2009 World Drug Report – Findings, Updates and Implications”; a presentation by the Central Drug Authority (CDA) on “Drug Control in South Africa; a press briefing; and a luncheon.
Open attendance is welcome for interested persons and members of the press. For more information on the event, and the 2009 World Drug Report Press Release, please contact Kevin Town at 012-342-2424 or firstname.lastname@example.org.