Traffic noise to become quieter thanks to UN-backed advance

Road traffic should get quieter in the near future, thanks to a new procedure for measuring noise in vehicles, according to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

UN expert on human trafficking calls on Oman to do more to help victims

While Oman has made some progress in helping combat the global problem of human trafficking, it needs to do more to follow-up on international obligations, an independent United Nations expert has said after completing a five-day fact-finding mission to the Sultanate, during which she met officials, victims and representatives of civil society.

Ton of cocaine incinerated in UN-backed operation in Kenya

Some $90 million worth of cocaine went up in smoke in Nairobi, Kenya, today in a United-Nations back incineration that underlined the world body's major role in combating the global illicit drug trade.

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.

Drug activity widespread on World Wide Web, UN expert panel reports

Quick to use new technologies, drug traffickers and criminal elements have started exploiting the Internet as a vehicle for trading illegal drugs, according to new report released by a panel of United Nations experts.

UN agency predicts steady growth in air traffic during coming decade

The world's skyways will become more crowded in the coming decade as air traffic rises by an average annual rate of 4.5 per cent, according to new statistics released by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).