On 12 June, United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Harare, Ministry of Health and Child Care, World Health Organisation (WHO) and mental health organisations commemorated World No Tobacco Day and International Day against Drug Abuse and illicit Trafficking. Minister of Health and Child Care Dr Obadiah Moyo officiated together with the World Health organisation Representative, Dr Alex Gasasira.
The day began with an awareness-raising march within the surrounding areas of Dzivarasekwa. This was led by drum majorettes. During the commemoration, two former drug and tobacco addicts recounted how they had reformed and discouraged people from abusing drugs and alcohol as this can affect their health, lives, relations and future.
World No Tobacco Day is celebrated annually on 31 May. It was set aside by the Member States of the World Health Organization in 1987 to draw global attention to the tobacco epidemic and the preventable death and disease it causes. The World Health Assembly passed Resolution WHA40.38, calling for 7 April 1988 to be a “a world no-smoking day.” In 1988, Resolution WHA42.19 was passed, calling for the celebration of World No Tobacco Day, every year on 31 May.
By resolution 42/112 of 7 December 1987, the United Nations General Assembly decided to observe 26 June as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking as an expression of its determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse.
Supported each year by individuals, communities and various organizations all over the world, this global observance aims to raise awareness of the major problem that illicit drugs represent to society. UNIC provided 2 banners for the event.