International Day Against Drug Abuse to be commemorated in Bali

International Day Against Drug Abuse to be commemorated in Bali

BNN head Petrus Reinhard Golose holds up narcotics evidence. (ANTARA PHOTO/ Reno Esnir/hp/FR)

Denpasar, Bali (ANTARA) - The International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (HANI) will be commemorated in Bali from June 19 to June 27, 2022.

The commemoration will feature several events, head of the National Narcotics Agency's (BNN's) public relations and protocol bureau, Sulistyo Pudjo Hartono, informed here on Saturday.

The events will comprise an international table tennis competition at Udayana University, a “reflection night” on Mertasari Beach, and a ceremony at Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center (BNDCC), Nusa Dua, Badung.

Hartono told journalists that the table tennis competition, with the slogan “Smash on Drugs,” will be participated by athletes from six countries: Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, India, and Thailand.

"The first smash (which will signify the opening of the international table tennis competition) will be done by BNN head Petrus Reinhard Golose," he informed.

The commemoration of HANI is intentionally being held in Bali to help revive the island's tourism and support Indonesia’s G20 presidency, he said.

This is because the G20 Summit is planned to be hosted in Bali.

"Through the event (HANI), we participate in showing that Bali is ready to become a host for the international event," he said.

In addition to the table tennis competition, BNN will also hold a “reflection night” on June 26, on Mertasari Beach, Denpasar.

The event will be participated by more than four thousand people, including ambassadors from partnering countries, community members, Bali regional leadership coordination forum (forkopimda), as well as students.

The event will serve as an anti-narcotics campaign led directly by the BNN head.

"The fight against narcotics declaration will also be done during the reflection event," Hartono informed.

The eve of 2022 HANI will be observed at BNDCC, Badung, on June 27.

The event will feature a speech from the BNN head and the presentation of awards to those who have contributed to the effort to eradicate drug trafficking.

The United Nations declared June 26 as the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, and the day has been commemorated annually by countries across the world since 1989.

The date June 26 was chosen to mark the day when Lin Zexu, a figure in China, managed to eradicate opium trade in Guandong in 1839. 

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