Road injuries leading cause of death for the young, despite safety gains: UN report

Latest statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO reveal that 1.35 million people die on the roads each year, while road traffic injuries are now the leading cause of death among young people, according to new statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Central Africa’s iconic mammals threatened by poachers, armed groups – UN environment wing

Elephants, giraffes, rhinos and other magnificent mammals targeted in wildlife conservation areas of Central Africa are under threat of extinction, caught in the crosshairs of armed groups and highly-militarized poachers, the United Nations environment wing warned on Friday.

Southern Africa: UN, Mozambique host first-ever forum to fight trafficking of people with albinism

United Nations agencies are joining forces with governments in Southern Africa in a push to strengthen protections for persons with albinism, who often fall victim to a raft of abuses, including maiming, trafficking and even murder, linked to the belief that their parts have magical powers in witchcraft potions.

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.

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At Crime Commission, UN official urges stepped-up responses to curb human trafficking

Despite all of the positive effects of migration, the unprecedented flow of people is generating new criminal opportunities, the head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said today at a high-level event on the recently launched UN-European Union initiative aimed at curbing human trafficking and migrant smuggling.

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.

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.

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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.

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Child trafficking, exploitation on the rise, warns UN expert

In an increasingly interconnected world, children are more at risk that ever of being sexually exploited or sold, a United Nations independent expert warned today, calling for decisive steps at the global level to stop crimes such as child prostitution and trafficking.

International pact needed to prevent organ trafficking, UN-backed study says

A new, binding international treaty is needed to prevent trafficking in organs, tissues and cells (OTC), protect victims and prosecute offenders in this exploitation of the deeply impoverished, according to a joint study launched today by the United Nations and the Council of Europe.