At the World Forum Against Drugs UNODC Director Antonio Maria Costa received the 1st Nils Bejerot Award


Antonio Maria Costa, the first winner of the Nils Bejerot Award for Global Drug Prevention, exemplifies the wisdom, compassion and unshakeable determination that distinguished Professor Bejerot.


Mr. Costa has been a beacon for the world in confronting the modern scourge of drug abuse. His vision is clear and his policy prescriptions are as direct and effective as those of Professor Bejerot. Rooted in a restrictive and balanced drug policy  Mr. Costa has combined prevention and treatment with unwavering law enforcement aimed at both supply and demand. In a world increasingly confused by conflicting visions of drug policy, Mr Costa has been a leader to all nations to the best policies to combat this new, chemical slavery.