The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, has issued a report Improving global road safety, in advance of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly. The report draws attention to key developments in global road safety over the last two years, including the launch of the Global status report on road safety 2013; the Second UN Global Road Safety Week; the creation of the Global Alliance for Care of the Injured; and the annual World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. In the report the UN Secretary-General highlights the global and national achievements towards improving the safety of roads and vehicles; legislation on key risk factors such as speeding, drink–driving, and the non-use of motorcycle helmets, seat-belts and child restraints; and trauma care systems.
Second UN Global Road Safety Week kicked off worldwide
More than 270 000 pedestrians lose their lives on the world’s roads each year accounting for 22% of the total 1.24 million road traffic deaths. WHO is calling on governments to take concrete actions to improve the safety of pedestrians. Under the banner “Make Walking Safe”, the Second United Nations Global Road Safety Week (6-12 May) kicked off worldwide. With events registered in around 100 countries, the Week drew attention to the needs of pedestrians; generated action on measures to protect them; and contributed to achieving the goal of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 to save 5 million lives.
Global status report on road safety 2013 launched
Global status report on road safety 2013 serves as a baseline for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, declared by the UN General Assembly. The report presents information on road safety from 182 countries, accounting for almost 99% of the world’s population. It indicates that worldwide the total number of road traffic deaths remains unacceptably high at 1.24 million per year. Made possible through funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies, this is the second in a series of Global status reports.
In the context of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, governments around the world have been encouraged to develop national plans for the Decade, as a complement to any current national road safety strategy which may be in place. Ideally, national Decade plans should be in line with the Global Plan, although should be tailored to the specific road safety situation in the country.
Launch of the Decade
Statements of support
- President of Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev
- Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron
- Minister of Interior of France Claude Guéant
- Prime Minister of Thailand Mr Abhisit Vejjajiva
- New York City Mayor Mr Michael Bloomberg
- UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
- WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan