VIENNA, 2 April (UN Information Service) - On this World Autism Awareness Day, let us all play a part in changing attitudes toward persons with autism and in recognizing their rights as citizens, who, like everyone else, are entitled to claim those rights and make decisions for their lives in accordance with their own will and preferences. Let us also renew our promise, engraved in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, to leave no one behind and ensure that all people can contribute as active members to peaceful and prosperous societies.
Slovenians Laura Seferaj and Petra Petan represented Slovenia at the Young European Council 2016, held in Brussels in early November for the third time. The initiative, which seeks to bring young people into the decision-making process at the EU level, received the Charlemagne Youth Prize 2015 from the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz. It is an award for projects that promote the participation of young people in the development of the EU.
Resource scarcity, climate change, unemployment, food insecurity and inequity all signal the need for radical change in our societies. To bring this change, the entire UN system must meet the challenge of delivering sustainable development with shared prosperity for all, within the ecological limits of our planet. The UN’s role in this transformation is to assist countries to implement the economic, social and environmental dimensions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in a balanced and integrated manner.
The expedition will last from 2 till 7 October 2016 in the beautiful environment of the Triglav National Park in Slovenia.
In the run-up to the special session of the General Assembly on the world drug problem to be held in April 2016, the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), in its 2015 Annual Report:
• Recalls that the ultimate goal of the drug control treaties is to ensure the health and welfare of mankind.
• Cites a balanced and humane approach as key to meeting health and welfare aims.
• Encourages Governments to devise practical and realistic measures to protect the public from the harms posed by the increasingly large number of new psychoactive substances.
• Calls on Governments to ensure health-care providers do not overprescribe sedatives, particularly among elderly people.
• Calls for a realistic assessment of the state of the international precursor control system.