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UN Secretary-General António Guterres: Message for the International Day of Peace

UN Secretary-General António Guterres. (Photo: internet)

VIENNA, 21 September (UN Information Service) - On the International Day of Peace, we reflect on the cruel price of war.  Ruined schools.  Bombed hospitals.  Broken families.  Refugees searching for hope.  Countries in crisis.

The United Nations was born from a terrible world war.  Our mission is to work for peace - every day and everywhere.


Secretary-General Appoints Alison Smale of United Kingdom Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications

UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, Alison Smale. (Foto: internet)

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Alison Smale of the United Kingdom as the next Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, United Nations Department of Public Information. She succeeds Cristina Gallach of Spain to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for her commitment and dedicated service to the Organization. The Secretary-General also wishes to extend his appreciation to Maher Nasser who served as Acting Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications.


UN Secretary-General António Guterres: Message on International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, 29 May

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres addressing Security Council. (UN Photo, Evan Schneider)

VIENNA, 29 May (UN Information Service) - For nearly 70 years, UN peacekeeping has proven to be one of the international community's most effective investments in peace, security and prosperity. 


UN Secretary-General António Guterres: Message on World Autism Awareness Day, 2 April

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. (Photo - UN)

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.


The international drug control treaties do not mandate a "war on drugs", says INCB Report

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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.