The exhibition MayaPlanet was warmly welcomed in Dushanbe
The event was organized by the World League "Mind Free of Drugs" on the base of Russian-Tajik Slavonic University (RTSU) with the support of the Agency for Drug Control (DCA) under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan.
During the opening the representatives of the World League held a video presentation of the main projects of public organization and told that before the demonstration exhibitions in other countries of the world exhibition first will be presented in the republics of Central Asia. Such a decision organizers have made according to the fact that Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan are bordering with Afghanistan. As a transit country for drug trafficking from Afghanistan, the Central Asian republics are under constant threat of drug addiction and increasing extremism.
The exhibition "The world against drug abuse" includes the 60 best photographs, drawings, video, and confessional stories selected by the World League under the Anti-Drug Contest «Maya Planet» from more than 2,000 works. The contest was attended by the participants from 150 countries.
More than 250 guests have participated the opening ceremony in Tajikistan. Visitors of the exhibition have highly evaluated the preventive effect of the event. Among the honored guests were the delegates of the Agency for Drug Control RT, Ministry of Defense of RT, Ministry of Internal Affairs of RT, the National Center for Monitoring and Prevention of Addiction of the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education, UN, OSCE, UNU, as well as representatives of NGOs, television, print media, news agencies and students of RTSU.
In their speeches, the UN Resident Coordinator in Tajikistan Alexander Zuev and a representative of the National Center for monitoring and drug prevention Asatullo Sharapov focused on the relevance of this problem for the whole region. In addition, guests noted the timeliness and effectiveness of the approach in the prevention of the threat of drug addiction. According to the opinions of guests, the exhibited works emotionally convey the idea of the harmful effects of drugs on person. This makes them an effective tool in the prevention among youth.
Special thanks to the World League has been expressed by Major-General Uktam Toshmatov, who served in the 2000s as chief of staff of Tajikistan Drug Control Agency, currently he is a Chief of Staff of the Minister of Defense of the Republic of Tajikistan. According Uktam Toshmatov, he worked for 30 years in the fight against drugs and appreciates the preventive action of the World League. Major-General expressed his admiration for the organization’s initiative and wished success in their future work.
The exhibition will be in the Russian-Tajik Slavonic University until May 29. Representatives of the World League have already received proposals to extend the event on the basis of other universities in the country, as well as at the newly opened National Museum. It is to be recalled that the first exhibition "The World Against Drug Addiction" was presented in Kyrgyzstan on March 5, 2013. During this time, the event organizers have covered schools and leading universities in the country of more than 300,000 people aged between of 7 to 28. In Tajikistan, the World League expects the same effect.
Special thanks the World League expresses to Media of Tajikistan that became informational partners of the event: the state news channel of the Republic of Tajikistan "Jahonnamo", newspaper "Faraj" National News Agency of Tajikistan "Hovar" as well as personally to their heads.