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Senior UN relief officials call for crisis funding for Central African Republic

Humanitarian crisis in CAR. (Photo - Goran Tomasevic, Reuters)

4 June 2014 - Thousands of women and children fleeing the Central African Republic (CAR) for Cameroon arrive in a “shocking state”, malnourished and dangerously ill, the heads of two United Nations humanitarian agencies said today, warning that their funds are nearly exhausted and that hundreds of thousands of people could die unless urgent contributions are received.


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: Message on the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, 29 May 2014

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. (Foto - Matej Povše)VIENNA, 29 May (United Nations Information Service) – United Nations peacekeeping has a long and proud history, with more than one million peacekeepers having served in more than 70 operations on four continents since its establishment in 1948. Looking to the future, we can be confident that as new challenges emerge, United Nations peacekeeping will evolve to meet them.


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: Message on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, 21 March 2014

Ban Ki-moon (Photo - Matej Povše)

VIENNA, 21 March (United Nations Information Service) - This year, the world commemorates the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination for the first time following the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela.

This sad reality is also a reminder of his courageous struggle against apartheid and his inspiring victory over the racist forces that had imprisoned him for 27 years.


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: Message for International Women's Day, 8 March 2014

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

VIENNA, 8 March (United Nations Information Service) - This International Women's Day, we are highlighting the importance of achieving equality for women and girls not simply because it is a matter of fairness and fundamental human rights, but because progress in so many other areas depends on it.


INCB: Every dollar spent on prevention can save up to ten dollars

INCB Precursor Report highlights latest trends and challenges in chemical control. (Photo - Slovenian National Institute for Public Health)

VIENNA, 4 March (UN Information Service) - Only one in six problem drug users worldwide - some 4.5 million people - receives the treatment he or she needs, at a global cost of about US$35 billion per year, says the Vienna-based International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) in its Annual Report 2013, launched today in London. Heroin, cannabis and cocaine are the drugs most frequently used by people entering treatment worldwide.