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2015 World Drug Report finds drug use stable, access to drug & HIV treatment still low

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VIENNA 26 June (UN Information Service) - Drug use prevalence continues to be stable around the world, according to the 2015 World Drug Report of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). It is estimated that a total of 246 million people - slightly over 5 per cent of those aged 15 to 64 years worldwide - used an illicit drug in 2013. Some 27 million people are problem drug users, almost half of whom are people who inject drugs (PWID). An estimated 1.65 million of people who inject drugs were living with HIV in 2013. Men are three times more likely than women to use cannabis, cocaine and amphetamines, while women are more likely to misuse prescription opioids and tranquillizers.

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

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

VIENNA, 8 March (UN Information Service) - Twenty years ago, when the world convened a landmark conference on women's human rights, the devastating conflict in the former Yugoslavia prompted deserved attention to rape and other war crimes there against civilians. Two decades later, with girls as young as seven not only targeted but used as weapons by violent extremists, it would be easy to lose heart about the value of international gatherings. But while we have a long way to go to achieve full equality - with ending gender-based violence a central goal - progress over the past two decades has proven the enduring value of the 1995 Beijing Conference on Women.

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Three quarters of the world has limited or no access to pain relief medications, says INCB Report

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VIENNA, 3 March (UN Information Service) - Around 5.5 billion people still have limited or no access to medicines containing narcotic drugs such as codeine or morphine, leaving 75 per cent of the world population without access to proper pain relief treatment, the Vienna-based International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) says in its Annual Report for 2014, launched today in London.

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: Message on the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, 27 January

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. (Photo - UN)VIENNA, 27 January (United Nations Information Service) – Seventy years ago today, allied forces liberated Auschwitz Birkenau, the German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp.

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

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

VIENNA, 10 December (United Nations Information Service) - On Human Rights Day we speak out.

We denounce authorities who deny the rights of any person or group.

We declare that human rights are for all of us, all the time: whoever we are and wherever we are from; no matter our class, our opinions, our sexual orientation.

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