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International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking
Celebrations around the World
UNDCP in Vienna, Austria
The sports day at the Vienna International School drew over 250 children who participated in soccer and basketball clinics and took part in skateboarding and scooter competitions. The children and grown-ups enjoyed the gymnastics, juggling, break dancing and Tae Kwon Do presentations.
UNDCP in Bangkok, Thailand
The UNDCP Regional Centre in Thailand organized the 26 June event in collaboration with Siam Discovery Centre, a large shopping mall in the central part of Bangkok. The event took place at the Siam Discovery Centre and was attended by a number of international organizations, embassies, governmental/non- governmental organizations, the private sector and the press. The activities included the announcement of the UNDCP Young Sports Messenger, Ms. Tamarine Tanasugarn, hip-hop and street dances on stage by a youth club, performances of cheerleaders from Bangkok University and music by two popular singers. The event marked the end of an anti-drug bicycle cycling campaign "Traffic Against Drugs 2001" which returned from its drug awareness raising tour around Thailand.
UNDCP in Bridgetown, Barbados
The UNDCP Barbados Regional Office hosted a number of events in conjunction with the International Day against Drugs in the following countries Antigua, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad & Tobago.
UNDCP in Bogota, Colombia
In Bogota, UNDCP's Colombia field office awarded commemorative medals to members of the "Mt. Everest 2001 Colombian Expedition" in conjunction with the Sports against Drug theme. In addition, a one-day sporting event for young people was held in Bogota featuring soccer, basketball and volleyball matches, as well as a cheerleading festival, aerobic marathon and music and dance shows. Information materials on drug abuse prevention were widely distributed. In Medellin, UNDCP together with the National Narcotics Office and CARISMA -a regional centre for drug abuse treatment- organized a three-days' national seminar on amphetamine-type stimulants. The seminar was attended by more than 200 people working in drug demand reduction activities. Events were also held in Armenia, Barranquilla, Bucaramanga, Cucuta, Florencia, La Estrella, Manizales, San Andres, Santa Marta and Valledupar as part of the International Day Against Drug Abuse celebration.
UNDCP in Islamabad, Pakistan
Beach volleyball, badminton and Tae Kwon Do matches were played between national team players and local boys and girls. The International Day celebration was linked to Pakistan's hosting of the SAF games in October 2001.
UNDCP in Pretoria, South Africa
In conjunction with the "Sports against Drugs" theme of the 2001 International Day Against Drugs celebration, The UN Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention in South Africa inaugurated a new multi-sports court in Soweto.The court is located on the premises of the South African National Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. Approximately 700 children, including UN Goodwill Ambassador and World Boxing Champion "Baby Jake" Matlala, participated in the event. Across South Africa, more than 10,000 children and volunteers marched waving UN flags and wearing t-shirts that said "Real Champions Don't Do Drugs". In addition, members of South Africa's national cricket team used the special day to commit themselves to the fight against drugs and to sign the Sports against Drugs pledge.
UNDCP in Riga, Latvia
Targeting children at risk, the Riga Drug Prevention Center organized a day of sports and competitions under the guidance of social and youth workers in an old sports facility which was renovated by the children themselves.
UNDCP in Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Five hundred kilograms of narcotics were destroyed in the Khat-e-Sefeed neighborhood in a ceremony marking the International Day against Drugs. Once the center of drug trafficking and abuse, the neighborhood was cleaned up a few months ago by a massive police operation.