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SOC/NAR/805
25 June 1999

SOTIROFF AWARD PRESENTED TO NAVJYOTI DELHI POLICE FOUNDATION

25 June 1999


Press Release
SOC/NAR/805


SOTIROFF AWARD PRESENTED TO NAVJYOTI DELHI POLICE FOUNDATION

19990625

VIENNA, 25 June (UN Information Service) -- The Navjyoti Delhi Police Foundation has been chosen to receive the 1999 Serge Sotiroff Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to international drug control efforts. The Award consists of a $1,000 prize and a citation.

The Navjyoti Delhi Police Foundation is a non-governmental, non-profit and voluntary organization which primarily treats and rehabilitates drug addicts. Run by a team of dedicated and committed professionals who are mostly recovering addicts, it also provides comprehensive programmes to support and assist addicts' families.

In addition to its work in the Apradh Sudhar Selai Kendra sewing and tailoring centre, the Foundation is active in education programmes for street and slum children, health-care programmes, recreational and sports programmes and vocational and non-formal education.

The Award, which is presented annually, was set up to commemorate the outstanding contribution of the late Serge P. Sotiroff in the field of international drug control, particularly his important role in preparatory conferences leading to the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances, and the 1972 Protocol amending the Single Convention.

Mr. Sotiroff, who died in 1976, spent 30 years in the service of the United Nations. The fund was set up by his friends and colleagues.

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