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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.

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: Message on World Radio Day, 13 February

Ban Ki-moon. (Photo - internet)

VIENNA, 13 February (UN Information Service) – In times of crisis and emergency, radio can be a lifeline.

For people in shattered societies, or caught in catastrophe, or desperately seeking news, radio brings lifesaving information.

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: Message on Human Rights Day, 10 December

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

VIENNA, 10 December (UN Information Service) - Amid large-scale atrocities and widespread abuses across the world, Human Rights Day should rally more concerted global action to promote the timeless principles that we have collectively pledged to uphold.

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: Message on the International Day of Peace, 21 September

Generalni sekretar Združenih narodov Ban Ki-moon. (Foto - Matej Povše)

VIENNA, 21 September (UN Information Service) – This year’s International Day of Peace comes at a time of deadly violence and destabilizing conflicts around the world. Rather than succumbing to despair, we have a collective responsibility to demand an end to the brutality and impunity that prevail.

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UN Secretary-General Message on World Humanitarian Day, 19 August

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. (Photo - ZN)

VIENNA, 19 August (UN Information Service) - On World Humanitarian Day, we honour the selfless dedication and sacrifice of workers and volunteers from around the world who devote themselves - often at great personal risk - to assisting the world's most vulnerable people.

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