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    19 June 2020


    Global launch of the 2020 World Drug Report

    When :                    Thursday 25 June 2020 at 10 a.m. Vienna time (CEST)

    Where :                   In person at the Vienna International Centre, RoomC0225A, C-Building, 2nd floor
                                    online - link will be shared upon registration

    Speakers:                Ghada Waly, Executive Director, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
                                    Angela Me, Chief of the Research and Trend Analysis Branch, UNODC

    Short summary:   The 2020 World Drug Report provides a global overview of the supply and demand of opiates, cocaine,    cannabis, amphetamine-type stimulants and new psychoactive substances (NPS), as well as their impact on health, taking into account the possible effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. It highlights, through improved research and more precise data, that the adverse health consequences of drug use are more widespread than previously thought.

    Registration:      To register, receive an advanced copy of the 2020 World Drug Report and for interview requests, please fill in this form:

    Registration for in person attendance is open until 12:00 CEST on Wednesday 24 June 2020. Registration for online attendance closes one hour before the launch.

    *COVID-19 Measures:   All journalists, including those accredited to the UN in Vienna, who plan to attend in person, need to register for the press briefing by 12:00 CEST on Wednesday 24 June by submitting the online form (link above)

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    For further information, please contact:

    Brian  Hansford
    Chief, UNODC Advocacy Section
    Mobile: (+43-699) 1458-3225
    Email: brian.hansford[at]