Around 275 million people used drugs worldwide in the last year, while over 36 million people suffered from drug use disorders, according to the 2021 World Drug Report, released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
An international conference dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the SCO has ended in Shanghai. The conference participants include heads of leading research institutes and think tanks, high-ranking diplomats, prominent scientists and analysts from the Shanghai G8 countries.
On 24-25 June, an international conference on the theme "Twenty years of the SCO: a look back and into the future" is being held in Shanghai in a hybrid (online-offline) format, organized by the Chinese Academy of International Affairs. More than 35 prominent diplomats, scientists and experts from leading research institutes and think tanks of the member states, observer countries and SCO dialogue partners are taking part in it.
Chairman of the Supreme Court Ebrahim Raisi won the presidential elections in Iran. This was reported by TASS with reference to the statement of the head of the headquarters for the elections of the Islamic Republic of Jamal Orff.
António Guterres was on Friday re-appointed to a second term as UN Secretary-General, pledging as his priority, to continue helping the world chart a course out of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Russian and Belarusian parties signed an acceptance certificate for the start-up of power unit No. 1 of Belarusian NPP. Rosatom’s Engineering Division acted as the project’s general designer and general contractor, Rosatom said in a statement.
The global economy is expected to expand 5.6% in 2021, the fastest post-recession pace in 80 years, largely on strong rebounds from a few major economies. However, many emerging market and developing economies continue to struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath, the World Bank says in its June 2021 Global Economic Prospects.
The construction of a 300 MW nuclear power unit with an innovative lead coolant BREST-OD-300 fast reactor has begun at the site of the Siberian Chemical Combine (an enterprise of TVEL Fuel Company of ROSATOM) in Seversk, Russia’s Tomsk region.
The UN chief welcomed the election on Monday of Abdulla Shahid, Foreign Minister of the Maldives, as President-elect of the 76th session of the General Assembly.
The European Union (EU) and the Council of Europe (CoE) remain crucial partners of authorities in Central Asia in supporting the reform process in the areas of human rights protection, fight against economic crime and promotion of effective functioning of state institutions. This has been recalled earlier on today during the first Regional Steering Committee Meeting of the joint EU/CoE Central Asia Rule of Law Programme 2020-2023, held online.