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    23 February 2018



    The United Nations Information Centre (UNIS) Vienna

    invites you to the global launch of the

    International Narcotics Control Board Annual Report 2017


    Thursday 1 March 2018 at
    11:00 am

     Vienna International Centre
    Conference Room 6, C-Building, 7th Floor

    With Viroj Sumyai, President of the International Narcotics Control Board

    This year's Report examines the global drug control situation, with a focus on treatment and rehabilitation, and makes recommendations to help States take effective measures to address drug-related challenges in full compliance with international human rights standards and norms. As we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Report also takes a closer look at the links between human rights and drug policy, and discusses the implications for national responses to drug control.

    It further addresses a number of regional developments, including the underuse of controlled substances for medical purposes in some regions, the opioid overdose epidemic in others and legislative and regulatory changes, including those relating to the non-medical use of controlled substances in a few countries, as well as particular situations such as the illicit cultivation of drug crops in Afghanistan and the Andean Region.


      The Report is embargoed until 1 March 2018, 11:00 a.m. CET/ 10:00 a.m. GMT

    To register for the press briefing please write to:

    The event will be webcast live on . Journalists who are following the launch via webcast are invited to submit questions on Twitter using the hashtag #INCBAnnualReportLaunch

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    For further information and interview requests please contact:
    Katharina Goetze
    Public Information Officer, UNIS Vienna
    Tel: (+43-1) 26060-4949
    Email: katharina.goetze[at]