News in Brief 19 October 2015 (AM)

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Road deaths still too high around the world.

The high loss of life caused by road crashes around the world is unacceptable" according to a new UN agency report.

Globally, 1.2 million people die each year on the roads, says the annual road safety report, from the World Health Organisation (WHO) published on Monday.

The loss of life is heaviest, proportionally, in developing countries.

Many developed countries have seen an improvement in the number of fatalities compared with last year.

Overall, 79 countries saw a decrease, while 68 countries registered an increase in deaths.

This is a "pivotal moment in history" says UN Secretary-General

The world is at a pivotal moment in history, according to the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon.

Speaking at the opening of an exhibition in Slovakia, to mark the 70th anniversary of the UN, Mr Ban pointed to levels of displacement around the world, that have not been seen since the Second World War.

He said the exhibition, which focusses on the aftermath of the war, was a powerful reminder of how the UN had come into being and why its work was vital now.

He pointed to the ambitious new Sustainable Development Goals as driver for change, together with the upcoming Climate Change Conference in December, in Paris.

Rethinking waste, a valuable opportunity for cities.

Re-thinking the way that waste is dealt with in cities, can reap huge benefits for the economy and the environment, according to a new UN report.

The report called "Valuing Waste, Transforming Cities" concludes that a "largely untapped" opportunity exists to recycle and repurpose food scraps and garden waste.

It has been authored by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Bangladesh-based social enterprise, Waste Concern.

The scale of the region's waste problem has been under-estimated, according to the report, and unless more organic matter is reused, then it's likely to become a full-blown crisis.

Currently, the quantity of solid waste being produced, especially in cities, is overwhelming traditional means of disposal.

Estimates suggest that the generation of waste could rise from one million tonnes per day, at 2012 levels, to around 2.5 million tonnes by 2025.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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