Governments adopt resolution to further action on road safety

On 10 April 2014 the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on “Improving global road safety”. The resolution was sponsored by the Government of the Russian Federation and co-sponsored by dozens of other countries. Among key decisions, the resolution welcomes the offer of the Government of Brazil to host the Second Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety in 2015; encourages the inclusion of road safety in the post-2015 development agenda; invites WHO to continue monitoring progress in the Decade of Action; and requests organization of the Third UN Global Road Safety Week in 2015 on children and road safety.

UN Secretary-General issues new report on the global road safety crisis

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.

Friends of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 discuss key next steps in global road safety

On 3 June in Stockholm, Sweden, the Government of Sweden and WHO hosted a one-day meeting of the Friends of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, a group of Member States and international agencies committed to the success of the Decade of Action and the implementation of its Global Plan. The objectives were to review and discuss global progress in the Decade of Action and define future political steps to help generate additional attention and action.

Second UN Global Road Safety Week took place 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) took place worldwide. With events 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.

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Resolutions

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

Events

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

Publications

"How to" road safety manuals

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


Contact

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