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    Vienna, 18 February 2020


    Media representatives are invited to the global launch of the

    International Narcotics Control Board Annual Report 2019


    Thursday, 27 February 2020 at 11 a.m.

    Room C0225A, C-Building, 2nd Floor

    Vienna International Centre


     Cornelis de Joncheere,
    President of the International Narcotics Control Board

    The Report this year has a special focus on improving substance use prevention and treatment services for young people and contains a number of recommendations to help States take effective measures when addressing drug-related problems.

    The Report addresses global inequalities in access to pain medications and makes recommendations towards tackling these injustices. Further, it highlights the prominent role cannabis plays among adolescents and adults. Regional developments, among them the opioid crisis in North America and, in particular, the need to address the illegal drug economy in Afghanistan are also covered in the report. The Annual Precursors Report 2019 will also be presented at the launch.


    The Report is embargoed until 27 February 2020, 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:

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    For further information and interview requests please contact:

    Christine Dierk
     Public Information Officer, UNIS Vienna
    Tel: (+43-1) 26060-4949
    Email: dierk[at]