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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.

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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.

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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.

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South Sudan – from cease-fire to sustainable peace?

Ivan Simonovic, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights. (Photo - UN)3 February 2014 - Ivan Simonovic, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights

We were picked up at checkpoints or during house searches. They recognized us by our accents, or by the traditional marks on our faces. 200-400 of us were brought to a room of a police station, so small that we were suffocating. Suddenly they opened fire on us from two windows. I fell to the ground, and was protected by the bodies of dead and injured lying on top of me. Some of the wounded were moaning, and they opened fire twice again during the night.”  

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A visit to Auschwitz

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (Photo - UN)UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

This year’s observance of the International Remembrance Day on January 27th -- the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp -- falls at a time when there are reminders all around us of the dangers of forgetting.  This year marks two decades since the genocide in Rwanda.  Conflicts in Syria, South Sudan and the Central African Republic have taken on dangerous communal dimensions.  Bigotry still courses through our societies and our politics.  The world can and must do more to eliminate the poison that led to the camps.

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