The drug problem is a complex, multifaceted and pervasive one, and the active involvement of civil society in finding effective solutions, particularly in demand reduction, is of paramount importance. A new impetus was given to mobilizing civil society in the fight against drug abuse with the launching of the United Nations Decade Against Drug Abuse (1991-2000).
The Decade was proclaimed by the
General Assembly on
On 23 December 1994, the Assembly reaffirmed the importance of achieving the objectives of the Decade, under the theme "A global response to a global challenge", by Member States, the United Nations International Drug Control Programme and the United Nations system (resolution 49/168 II).
Comprehensive Multidisciplinary Outline of Future Activities in Drug Abuse
Control had been adopted at
Within the context of the decade, a number of events have been held with this particular aim: a series of international meetings of Mayors Against Drugs; four international private sector conferences on Drugs in the Workplace and the Community, held in Seville (Spain) in 1993, Porto Alegre (Brazil) in 1995, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) in 1997, and in Sundsvall (Sweden) in 1999 respectively. These were attended by representatives of the private sector, local authorities, trade unions, NGOs, international organizations and experts on substance abuse and its consequences; training courses for journalists; and activities of the Sports Against Drugs programme.