More than thirty (30) Vietnamese high-level decision makers from the Department of Social Vice Prevention, Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA), the Office of the Government (OOG), Ministry of Health (MOH), Ministry of Public Security (MPS), the Social Affairs Department, National Assembly (NA), the Department of Administrative Sanctions Management, Ministry of Justice (MOJ), academia and civil society are participating in this three-day workshop, being held 4 – 7 November 2019 in Hanoi, Viet Nam. The aim of this workshop is supporting Member States in their efforts to create humane, effective and evidence-based drug use prevention and drug dependence treatment and care services.
The event was inaugurated by Le Van Khanh (MOLISA), Nguyen Cuu Duc (Prime Ministers Office) and UNODC and it was organized by UNODC, together with the UNODC Office in Viet Nam, the UNODC Regional Office for Southeast Asia and the Pacific and with the generous support from the U.S. State Department Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).
With the involvement and active participation of public governmental institutions, universities, treatment centres, civil society organizations and prevention and health professionals, this UNODC policymakers training promotes a systematic, intersectoral and multidisciplinary solution in building a health-and human-rights-oriented response to the problem of drugs and to reduce the burden caused by associated health and social consequences. Moreover, this initiative is all the more crucial in the follow up on the United Nations Special Session on World Drug Problem 2016 (UNGASS) and to progress Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 3, 5, 8, 10, 16.