Michael R. Bloomberg named as WHO Global Ambassador for NCDs

Michael Bloomberg

On 17 August 2016 WHO named Mr Michael R. Bloomberg, philanthropist and former three-term Mayor of the City of New York, as Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases. NCDs including heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases and injuries are responsible for 43 million deaths each year - almost 80% of all deaths worldwide. The premature death and disability from NCDs and injury can largely be prevented, through implementing proven, cost-effective measures. In his new role, Mr Bloomberg will work with national and local political leaders around the global to highlight the burden of NCDs and injuries and support attainment of the SDGs.

22nd Meeting of the UN Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC)

On 12-13 April 2016 more than 140 road safety advocates from 81 UNRSC partner agencies convened in New York for a meeting organized by WHO and hosted by UNICEF. The speeches highlighted the global burden of road traffic injury, particularly on children and other vulnerable road users, and emphasized the need for concerted, sustained and urgent action to meet the SDG targets. Dr Krug introduced a package of priority activities to provide guidance to Members States to meet these targets. The development of the package, which was welcomed by participants, is being led by WHO in collaboration with other experts for finalization in the coming months. The 23rd Meeting of the UNRSC will be held in Geneva, Switzerland on 17-18 November 2016.

UN General Assembly adopts a resolution on "Improving global road safety"

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On 15 April 2016, the UN General Assembly and its Member States adopted a resolution on "Improving global road safety". The resolution, which was tabled by the Government of the Russian Federation, was co-sponsored by 55 governments.

2nd Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety

On 18-19 November 2015, for only the second time in history, ministers of transport, health and interior and their representatives convened in Brasilia, Brazil to address the global road safety crisis. The 2nd Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety, which gathered 2200 delegates from more than 110 countries including key speakers such as Ms Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil, and Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO, defined the urgent measures needed to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’s ambitious target to halve road traffic deaths by the end of this decade.

Third UN Global Road Safety Week marked in more than 100 countries worldwide

Through hundreds of events in at least 105 countries, road safety stakeholders – among them government ministries, NGOs, foundations, and private companies – marked the Third UN Global Road Safety Week and its campaign #SaveKidsLives. The Week of 4-10 May focused on children and road safety. It highlighted the plight of children on the world’s roads in an effort to generate action to better ensure their safety.

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Decade of Action for Road Safety

5 millionlives could be saved on the world's roads during Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020

Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020

Road traffic deaths

3,400people die on the road every day

10 facts on global road safety

Decade of Action for Road Safety

> 100countries launched the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020

Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020: global launch

UNRSC meetings


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Important UN and World Health Assembly resolutions and UN Secretary-General's reports related to road safety.

Upcoming Events

UN encourages countries to commemorate the third Sunday in November every year as a World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.


"How to" road safety manuals

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Manuals on "how to" implement recommendations of the World report on road traffic injury prevention.



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