News in Brief 26 June 2017

26 June 2017

UN chief calls for collective action against drug abuse

Countries are being urged by the UN Secretary-General to honour their commitments to address drug abuse and trafficking.

António Guterres made the call on Monday, reminding governments of the pledges they made at a UN General Assembly meeting last year.

His appeal came in a message to mark the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

The UN chief recalled that the General Assembly’s Special Session on the World Drug Problem charted “a new path forward” that was more humane and would leave no one behind.

The follow-up process, he said, has provided a framework for countries to learn from each other and share best practices.

The Secretary-General added that “Despite the risks and challenges inherent in tackling this global problem, I hope and believe we are on the right path, and that together we can implement a coordinated, balanced and comprehensive approach that leads to sustainable solutions."

Vienna meeting reviews progress in banning nuclear tests

Experts from across the globe are in Vienna, Austria, this week to share knowledge and technological advances in monitoring nuclear tests.

The Science and Technology 2017 Conference is the latest in a series of meetings aimed at strengthening compliance with the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) which prohibits nuclear explosions anywhere in the world.

More than 180 nations have signed the UN treaty, the majority of whom also have ratified it.

However, it has to be ratified by 44 other countries before it can come into force.

This is the sixth session of the UN conference which for the first time will also include a special focus on youth and young scientists.

WFP challenges Canadians to ShareTheMeal with Haiti schoolchildren

Canadians are being challenged to help the World Food Programme (WFP) feed hungry children in Haiti.

The UN agency is asking them to use its ShareTheMeal smartphone app to raise 150,000 school meals for children in the Caribbean nation.

The campaign, #ASK1TOASK1, is being held to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary in July.

WFP said Haiti repeatedly has been hit by natural disasters over the past two decades, including hurricane and drought.

As a result, “countless” children there show up to school on an empty stomach, making it difficult for them to concentrate on their lessons.

“Daily school meals allow children to focus on their studies rather than their stomachs, feeding their dreams for the future,” said Robert Opp, WFP’s Director of Innovation and Change Management, who is Canadian.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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