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.
The Global status report on road safety 2015, reflecting information from 180 countries, indicates that worldwide the total number of road traffic deaths has plateaued at 1.25 million per year, with the highest road traffic fatality rates in low-income countries. In the last three years, 17 countries have aligned at least one of their laws with best practice on seat-belts, drink–driving, speed, motorcycle helmets or child restraints. While there has been progress towards improving road safety legislation and in making vehicles safer, the report shows that the pace of change is too slow. Urgent action is needed to achieve the ambitious target for road safety reflected in the newly adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: halving the global number of deaths and injuries from road traffic crashes by 2020. Made possible through funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies, this report is the third in the series, and provides a snapshot of the road safety situation globally, highlighting the gaps and the measures needed to best drive progress.
As a component of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Programme 2010-2014, WHO engaged with more than 1300 journalists in nine countries through tailored workshops on road safety. The aim was to increase media interest in and understanding of road safety as a critical health and development issue. Produced jointly by WHO and the Pulitzer Center, with financial support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, Reporting on road safety: a guide for journalists reflects the experiences and lessons learned from these workshops with journalists and editors, in particular those from low- and middle-income countries. In the guide and its accompanying pamphlet entitled 16 story ideas, readers will find links to stories, suggestions for new angles, descriptions of projects, and tips from editors, journalists and public health experts to enhance reporting on road safety.
Around 186 300 children under 18 years die from road traffic crashes annually, and rates of road traffic death among children are three times higher in developing than in developed countries. Ten strategies for keeping children safe on the road draws attention to the risks for children on the world's roads and highlights measures to save lives. The new report is launched in the context of the Third UN Global Road Safety Week, a milestone in the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, which seeks to highlight the plight of children on the world's roads and generate action to better ensure their safety. Countries worldwide are marking the Week and its global campaign: #SaveKidsLives, through hundreds of events.
Jointly published by WHO, the United Nations Development Programme, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the Global status report on violence prevention 2014 reflects data from 133 countries and is the first report of its kind to assess national efforts to address interpersonal violence, namely child maltreatment, youth violence, intimate partner and sexual violence, and elder abuse. The Global status report on violence prevention 2014 calls for a scaling up of violence prevention programmes in all countries.
>1 500 000people lose their lives each year to violenceViolence prevention
Road traffic injuries
50%of all people dying on the roads are cyclists, pedestrians, or motorcyclistsGlobal status report on road safety 2015
2 300children die every day from injuriesWorld report on child injury prevention
19 November 2015
Hosted by the Government of Brazil on 18-19 November 2015 in Brasilia, Brazil, and co-sponsored by WHO, the Conference represented a historic opportunity to chart progress at the mid-point of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020.
18 November 2015
On 17-18 November 2015 in Washington DC, WHO, with logistic and technical support from PAHO, convened experts to agree on the contents and format of an evidence-based technical package for the prevention of violence against children.
17 November 2015
The activity included a webinar on road safety data, featuring a road safety expert from WHO as well as a data visualization expert, and a one-day, in-person workshop held in Brazil on 17 November 2015 on road safety and data journalism.
14 October 2015
66th session of WHO Regional Committee for the Western Pacific endorses first action plan on violence and injury prevention
At its 66th session on 14 October 2015, the WHO Regional Committee for the Western Pacific endorsed its first Regional Action Plan for Violence and Injury Prevention in the Western Pacific 2016-2020.
1 October 2015
On 1 October 2015 health leaders from across the Americas pledged to take collective action to tackle violence against women. Delegates to PAHO’s 54th Directing Council approved the strategy and plan of action on strengthening the health system to address violence against women.
23 September 2015
. From 22-23 September 2015, WHO hosted the 7th Milestones in a Global Campaign for Violence Prevention Meeting, convening some 200 of the world's leading violence prevention experts.