General Assembly calls for meeting to emphasize traffic safety

The United Nations General Assembly today decided to devote an entire session next year to the problems of road safety.

Secretary-General reports high number of attacks on UN staff overseas

United Nations civilian personnel at overseas duty stations have suffered an unprecedented number of physical attacks leading to hostage-taking, injuries and death, but the UN Security Coordinator's office has been strengthened for an ever widening range of missions, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a report on staff safety issued today.

Road safety experts seek to address rising toll of traffic deaths – WHO

With more than two people dying each minute from traffic accidents, representatives from more than 20 of the world's leading road safety organizations are gathering for the first time to embark on a global initiative to stem the rising toll of injuries and fatalities caused by collisions on the road, the United Nations health agency said today.

Ahead of General Assembly, Annan urges commitment to road safety

In a report issued ahead of the upcoming session of the United Nations General Assembly, Secretary-General Kofi Annan recommends that the UN's chief legislative body call on Member States to stimulate a new level of commitment in tackling the problem of road traffic injuries, projected to rank third among causes of death and disability by 2020.

Food safety a right of all people, top UN official tells meeting on food standards

Food safety is not a luxury of the rich, but a right of all people, a top UN official today told representatives from 169 countries gathered in Rome, Italy, to consider the adoption of new standards to safeguard the health of consumers worldwide, while improving global agricultural trade opportunities.

On World Safety Day, UN agency calls for workplace culture of health and safety

With 5,000 workers dying every day from work-related diseases and accidents for an annual total of two million, the United Nations labour agency dedicated this year’s World Day for Safety and Health today to a call for a strong safety and health culture in all enterprises.

UN labour agency calls for new culture to promote workplace safety

As thousands of people around the world gear up to draw attention to workplace safety issues, the head of the United Nations labour agency today called for a new culture of safety to help save the millions of lives and trillions of dollars lost every year due to work-related accidents and illnesses.

UN joins efforts to improve road safety

Responding to the staggering number of deaths and injuries caused by traffic collisions, government representatives from around the world joined top United Nations health officials today in London in a joint effort to improve road safety.