A great deal has changed in the last century with regards to narcotics control. One hundred years ago, drugs were unregulated and widely abused, with record high levels of consumption for non-medical purposes.
Fast forward a century and the progress is evident. Starting in 1909, the first steps to counter the overwhelming global drug problem were taken when the International Opium Commission convened in Shanghai, China. This marked the beginning of the international treaty system which today rests on the three main international drug control treaties: the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances and the 1988 United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances.
As the independent and quasi-judicial monitoring body for the implementation of the United Nations international drug control conventions, the International Narcotic Control Board has been instrumental in tracking drug demand across the world.
In this vein, the 2008 INCB Annual Report looks back at the past 100 years, both at the achievements made, and the challenges faced.
To mark this occasion, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in collaboration with the University of South Africa (UNISA) and the Central Drug Authority (CDA) will be holding the launch of the INCB Annual Report.
Members of the press are invited to attend, and there will be an opportunity for Q&A, and one-on-one interviews with UNODC and the CDA.
DATE: Thursday 19 February 2009
VENUE: UNISA Main Campus (Muckleneuk, Pretoria); Senate Hall; Theo van Wijk Building (2nd floor)
TIME: 10h30 for 11h00, until 13h00
THEME: 100 Years of Drug Control: Achievements & Challenges – UNODC
South Africa’s fight against illicit drugs: Achievements & Challenges – CDA
Attendance confirmations and media enquiries:
UNODC Communications & Advocacy
012-342-2424 / 071-688-3760 / firstname.lastname@example.org