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  17 March 2020


INCB 2020 Annual Report and Precursors Report


VIENNA, 17 March 2021 - The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) will be launching its 2020 Annual Report and Precursors Report on 25 March 2021.

INCB President Cornelis P. de Joncheere will present the reports in Vienna, followed by launches worldwide.

When: 25 March 2021, 11 a.m. (CET)

Where : Vienna International Centre, Media Room, C-Building, 2nd Floor, Room: C0225A

Press briefing registration:

Webcast link:


Please register to attend the press briefing in writing to the above address and indicate if you wish to attend the briefing virtually or in person.

Please note: only registered media will be able to ask questions at the briefing.

This year, the Report highlights a hidden epidemic: drug use among older people. It also analyzes the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on access to medicines, availability of prevention and treatment services for people with mental health and substance use disorders, and the illicit drug markets.

The Report addresses regional developments, in particular the high illicit production of opium in Afghanistan. Further, the Report addresses the continued problem of illict use of methamphetamine and opioids as well as the non-medical use of cannabis. The Annual Precursors Report 2020 will also be presented at the launch.

The launch of the report coincides with the 60th and 50th anniversaries of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs and the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances. INCB has marked the anniversaries with a special report summarizing the achievements and challenges.


The Report is embargoed until 25 March 2021, 11:00 a.m. CET/ 10:00 a.m. GMT

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For further information and interview requests please contact:

Christine Dierk
 Public Information Officer, UNIS Vienna
Tel: (+43-1) 26060-4949
Email: dierk[at]


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