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INCB: We must halt unprecedented proliferation and abuse of 'Legal highs'

INCB Annual Report highlights the importance of shared responsibility in reducing drug-related suffering, warns of global trafficking of precursor chemicals and of prescription drugs being misused, and highlights regional trends

Vienna, 5 March - New psychoactive substances, known as 'legal highs' and 'designer drugs', are a growing threat to public health, as seen by increased emergency room admissions and calls to poison centres, the Vienna-based International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) says in its Annual Report for 2012, launched today in London.


Secretary-General's Message: International Women's Day (March 8)

Executive Director of UN Women Michelle Bachelet (Photo - UN / Paulo Filgueiras)As we commemorate International Women’s Day, we must look back on a year of shocking crimes of violence against women and girls and ask ourselves how to usher in a better future.


Achieving sustainable growth at core of renewed UNDP support for Eritrea

Increasing the productive capacity of farming, fishing and agricultural communities is part of the new UNDP Country Programme in Eritrea (Source - UNDP)Asmara, Eritrea – Encouraging sustainable livelihoods and food security, and addressing environmental degradation are among the forthcoming priorities for United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) support for the government and people of Eritrea.


UN urges Papua New Guinea to take action after woman burned alive for witchcraft

Cécile Pouilly, spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (Source - UN News Centre)8 February 2013 – The United Nations human rights office today urged the Government of Papua New Guinea to take concrete action following reports that a 20-year-old woman accused of sorcery was burnt alive in front of a crowd, noting that this is the latest in a “growing pattern” of such attacks.


UN report of Afghan child casualties false, says Isaf

Map of AfghanistanThe Nato-led force in Afghanistan has rejected a UN report accusing the US of killing hundreds of children in air strikes over the past four years. The number of child casualties had doubled in 2010-2011 due to a "lack of precautionary measures and use of indiscriminate force", the study found.