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Teenage deaths are “shocking and preventable”, says WHO

More than 3,000 teenagers die every day but nearly all of those deaths could be avoided, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.

Road traffic accidents, lower respiratory infections and suicide are the leading causes of adolescent mortality, the UN health agency highlighted in a new report.

As WHO’s Dr Anthony Costello explained to Daniel Johnson, national governments could do much more to make their communities “teenage friendly”.

Duration : 4’21”

105 tonnes of ivory from over 7,000 elephants and 1.35 tonnes of rhino horn was burned in Nairobi, Kenya, on 30 April 2016, in an urgent call to action to end the poaching crisis.
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Kenya stages largest-ever ivory destruction as UN reaffirms ‘zero tolerance’ on poaching

As African leaders soundly rejected “those who think our natural heritage can be sold for money,” senior United Nations officials expressed support for Kenyan-led efforts to end illegal wildlife trade during a weekend ceremony in Nairobi where tonnes of elephant tusks and rhino horns were burned to protest poaching, which is pushing several iconic species to the brink of extinction.
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Lightweight helmet wheeled in to cut road traffic deaths

An innovative new bicycle helmet could help reduce millions of fatalities on the world’s roads, the UN has said.

Lightweight, well ventilated and safe, the invention has been inspired by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and is aimed at electric bike and moped users.

It’s hoped it will attract interest particularly in hot and humid climates, where people often shun helmets because they can be uncomfortably warm.

UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Global plan approved to drive down road noise

Noise from road traffic can be annoying - and deafening - UN health experts say.

But while accelerating cars and rumbling lorries are a modern-day bugbear for many of us, new UN-led regulations should see quieter streets in future.

That’s according to Serge Ficheux, chair of a UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) global initiative, who explained to Daniel Johnson how the policy change works in practice.

Duration: 2’15”