WORLD ASSEMBLY OF YOUTH IS MAKING HISTORY AT THE 17TH MELAKA INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DIALOGUE

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WORLD ASSEMBLY OF YOUTH
PRESS RELEASE: DAY 1 - WORLD ASSEMBLY OF YOUTH IS MAKING HISTORY AT THE 17TH MELAKA INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DIALOGUE
DATE: 9TH JULY 2017
 
Melaka, 9th July 2017 – THIS day marked another exceptional event for the World Assembly of Youth (WAY), as proud sponsors, participants, speakers and volunteers assembled for the 17th Melaka International Youth Dialogue (MIYD), which is taking place from 9th to 13th July 2017 at MITC Hotel in Melaka, Malaysia.

INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST DRUG ABUSE AND ILLICIT TRAFFICKING

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The International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking recognises the severe impact that illicit drugs have on health, development, peace and security. Around 190,000 people die due to illicit drugs every year. But the damage visited upon lives and communities does not stop there. Drug use damages health in the form of debilitating HIV, hepatitis and tuberculosis, while drug trafficking nourishes money laundering, and deadly terrorism. Corruption, the great enabler of organized crime, exists throughout the drug supply chain.

WORLD REFUGEE DAY

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"I’ve met so many who have lost so much. But they never lose their dreams for their children or their desire to better our world. They ask for little in return – only our support in their time of greatest need" — UN Secretary-General, António Guterres
 
In a world where violence forces thousands of families to flee for their lives each day, the time is now to show that the global public stands with refugees. To do this, the UN Refugee Agency launched the Refugees petition in June 2016 to send a message to governments that they must work together and do their fair share for refugees. According to UNHCR there are 65, 6 million forcibly displaced people worldwide, 22.5 million refugees, 10 million stateless people, and 189.300 refugees resettled.