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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: Message on the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

Ban Ki-moon

Vienna, 26 June - This year I visited the San Patrignano drug rehabilitation centre in northern Italy where more than 1,200 young women and men from 28 countries are learning how to free themselves from the curse of addiction and enjoy dignified, productive lives.  Their road is not easy.  It demands courage, commitment and the compassion of dedicated mentors.  But the members of this inspiring community understand that they are fortunate.  All over the world, drugs threaten the health and welfare of youth and children, families and communities, and the billions of dollars generated by the drugs trade feed corruption, enhance the power of criminal networks and create fear and instability. 

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: Message on World Environment Day: "Think.Eat.Save: Reduce Your Foodprint"

Ban Ki-moon

Vienna, 5 June - We live in a world of plenty, where food production outstrips demand, yet 870 million people are undernourished and childhood stunting is a silent pandemic.  To create the future we want, we must correct this inequity.  We must ensure access to adequate nutrition for all, double the productivity of smallholder farmers who grow the bulk of food in the developing world, and make food systems sustainable in the face of environmental and economic shocks.  This is the vision of my Zero Hunger Challenge, launched last year at the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development.

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: Message on the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

Ban Ki-moon

Vienna, 29 May - This year's International Day of Peacekeepers is an opportunity to raise awareness about new developments in the field while honouring those who lost their lives over the past year serving under the blue flag.

United Nations peacekeeping is increasingly called on to deploy multi-dimensional operations to help countries transition from conflict to peace, with a significant focus on protecting civilians, including the most vulnerable among them: women and children.

To meet emerging threats and rise to new challenges, United Nations peacekeeping is adapting its policies to better fulfil its mandates to bring lasting peace to war-torn countries.

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UN envoy welcomes new funding to finance global health targets

Special Envoy for Malaria Ray Chambers. UN Photo/Mark Garten7 March 2013 – United Nations envoy Ray Chambers today highlighted the critical impact that new funding announced by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria will have in achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the 2015 deadline.

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At Headquarters and around the globe, UN celebrates International Women’s Day

UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet addresses event commemorating International Women's Day 2013. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas8 March 2013 – The United Nations celebrated International Women’s Day today with the debut of a new song to rally and inspire listeners to join the drive for women’s rights and gender equality, and a call to action to turn the promises for women into concrete change.

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