28 December 2023
2023 has been a year of enormous suffering, violence, and climate chaos.
Humanity is in pain.
Our planet is in peril.
2023 is the hottest year on record.
People are getting crushed by growing poverty and hunger.
Wars are growing in number and ferocity.
And trust is in short supply.
But pointing fingers and pointing guns lead nowhere.
Humanity is strongest when we stand together.
2024 must be a year for rebuilding trust and restoring hope.
We must come together across divides for shared solutions.
For climate action.
For economic opportunity and a fairer global financial system that delivers for all.
Together, we must stand up against the discrimination and hatred that are poisoning relations between countries and communities.
And we must make sure new technologies such as artificial intelligence are a force for good.
The United Nations will keep rallying the world for peace, sustainable development and human rights.
Let’s resolve to make 2024 a year of building trust and hope in all that we can accomplish together.
I wish you a happy and peaceful New Year.
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Innovative solutions and inclusive education for people with disabilities are the main topics of the Zero Project Conference 2024 which is taking place at the United Nations in Vienna for the 11th year. Since 2013, the United Nations in Vienna through the UN Office at Vienna (UNOV), the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Essl Foundation, have been working together to realize the United Nations’ commitment to building a better world for people with disabilities.
During the 139th session, the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) continued its work to ensure the functioning of the international drug control system, focusing on the availability of controlled medicines and the prevention of drug diversion and misuse, as well as INCB’s contributions to the Commission on Narcotic Drugs’ (CND) mid-term review to take place in March 2024.
"Gender equality in science is vital for building a better future for all. Unfortunately, women and girls continue to face systemic barriers and biases that prevent them from pursuing careers in science." — António Guterres
"Female genital mutilation is an egregious violation of fundamental human rights that causes lifelong harm to the physical and mental health of women and girls." — António Guterres