By resolution 42/112 of 7 December 1987, the 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.
“Unless we reduce demand for illicit drugs, we can never fully tackle cultivation, production or trafficking. Governments have a responsibility to counteract both drug trafficking and drug abuse, but communities can also make a major contribution. Families, schools, civil society, and religious organizations can do their part to rid their communities of drugs. Businesses can help provide legitimate livelihoods. The media can raise awareness about the dangers of narcotics.”– Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon,
The Consolidated Youth for Peace & Development, Association of Progressive Youth of Liberia and the West Africa Network of CSOs on Substance Abuse will officially launch the Integrated Peer Education Program Training Program in commemoration of the 2019 International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
The program is a peer education engagement to prevent substance use among young people in Liberia. The primary goal of the program is to equip young people able to develop, adopt and sustain healthy attitudes and behaviors towards a drug-free Liberia.
Given the context, the Integrated Peer Education Training Program is a professional development initiative of the Consolidated Youth for Peace & Development and partners designed to nurture the next generation of individuals highly qualified to assume leadership positions at the community, local and national level.
The program gives three months of structured learning and networking opportunities to a diverse cohort group of anti-drug ambassadors. The program provides ambassadors with a short-term opportunity to work as a group in addressing local challenges. This training is merit-based and has a competitive application process with a focus on the leadership and professional development of the anti-drug ambassador. It is the coming together of the brightest minds to create a visible change in society.
The inaugural cohort I will bring together 30 of the best and brightest young leaders to undergo an intensive twelve weeks capacity development program focusing on anti-drug peer education and leadership.